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Ballycastle ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.7
Consistency of Surf: 2.7
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.5
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 3.2

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Ballycastle Spot ID

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Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell NW | Wind SE

Sea Temperature Today is: 9.6 °C

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Sunday, 20 January 2019, 05:50 Local time
Sunday 20
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 12 11 11 6
Wind (km/h) 15
S 20
SSW 50
NNW 40
Wind State cross-

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Ballycastle in Antrim is a quite exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the southeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. Good surf at all stages of the tide.

Ireland wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Ballycastle, 2 km from Ballycastle.

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Ballycastle Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At BallypatrickForest, 6 km from Ballycastle.

light winds from the SE

Rain and snow or hail
Air temperature
4.3 °C

Current weather near Ballycastle

Buoy Data:

At Blackstones WaveNet Site, 66 miles from Ballycastle.

  1AM 2AM 3AM 4AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 2.4
Dominant period (s) 10.5 12.5 11.8 11.1

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Overall Ballycastle Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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The rose diagram illustrates how often and how strongly the wind blows from different d... (show all text)

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Also see Ballycastle surf quality by season and Ballycastle surf quality by month.

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Ballycastle Location Maps

Ballycastle Location Map

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Ski Resorts closest to Ballycastle:

  • Closest ski area
    Glencoe Mountain Resort (United Kingdom)
    112 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    Nevis Range (United Kingdom)
    122 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    Raise (United Kingdom)
    136 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    Glenshee (United Kingdom)
    154 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    Yad Moss (United Kingdom)
    157 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to Ballycastle:

  • Closest city location
    Coleraine (United Kingdom)
    19 mi
  • Second closest city location
    Ballymena (United Kingdom)
    24 mi
  • Third closest city location
    Carrickfergus (United Kingdom)
    39 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    Newtownabbey (United Kingdom)
    40 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    Bangor (United Kingdom)
    44 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Ballycastle is Islay Airport (ILY) in U.k, 52 km (32 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Ballycastle is Aldergrove (Belfast) Airport (BFS) in North Ireland, 62 km (39 miles) away.
  • Third is Londonderry Eglinton Airport (LDY) in North Ireland, 62 km (39 miles) away.
  • City (Belfast) Airport (BHD) in North Ireland is 70 km (43 miles) away.
  • Prestwick Airport (PIK) in U.k is the fifth nearest airport to Ballycastle and is 109 km (68 miles) away.
Ballycastle break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Ballycastle, Antrim. Use the tab navigation above to view Ballycastle sea temperature, Ballycastle photographs, Ballycastle detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Ballycastle webcams, current wind from Antrim live weather stations and Ballycastle tide predictions. The Ireland swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Ireland and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from Ireland wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Ballycastle.