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Balnakiel Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0

Overall: 4.0

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Balnakiel Bay

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Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell NW | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 8.6 °C

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Monday, 21 January 2019, 00:54 Local time
Monday 21
Wave (m) 3.0
Period (s) 15 15 14 14
Wind (km/h) 30
SW 35
SSW 40
SSW 40
Wind State cross-
cross cross

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Balnakiel Bay on the North Coast is a reasonably exposed beach break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the east with some shelter here from north winds. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide.

United Kingdom wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

At Balnakiel Bay (0 km).

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Balnakiel Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Altnaharra, 39 km from Balnakiel Bay.

light winds from the SE

Rain and snow or hail
Air temperature
2.7 °C

Current weather near Balnakiel Bay

Buoy Data:

At EMEC Waverider at Billia Croo wave power test site, 57 miles from Balnakiel Bay.

  8PM 9PM 10PM 11PM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 4.4
Dominant period (s) 9.1 16.7 - 16.7

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Overall Balnakiel Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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Town and city forecasts close to Balnakiel Bay:

  • Closest city location
    81 mi
  • Second closest city location
    139 mi
  • Third closest city location
    159 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    160 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    173 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Balnakiel Bay is Wick Airport (WIC) in U.k., 99 km (61 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Balnakiel Bay is Stornoway Airport (SYY), also in U.k., 100 km (62 miles) away.
  • Third is Kirkwall Airport (KOI) in Scotland, 115 km (71 miles) away.
  • Inverness Airport (INV) in U.k is 124 km (77 miles) away.
  • Lossiemouth Airport (LMO), also in U.k is the fifth nearest airport to Balnakiel Bay and is 129 km (80 miles) away.
Balnakiel Bay break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Balnakiel Bay, Scot - North Coast. Use the tab navigation above to view Balnakiel Bay sea temperature, Balnakiel Bay photographs, Balnakiel Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Balnakiel Bay webcams, current wind from Scot - North Coast live weather stations and Balnakiel Bay tide predictions. The United Kingdom swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom 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 Balnakiel Bay.