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Fanad Head Reef

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Type: beach

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell NNW | Wind SSE

Sea Temperature Today is: 14.3 °C

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Thursday, 20 September 2018, 09:44 Local time
Thursday 20
Wave (m) 3.5
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 30
WSW 20
SW 15
WSW 10
Wind State cross cross-

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Fanad Head Reef in Donegal is an exposed beach break that has dependable surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the south southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Easily blown out by an onshore breeze Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the best swell direction is from the north northwest. There is no beach break and there is left hand reef break too. An uncrowded break, even when it is working. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Ireland wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Ballyhiernan Bay, 5 km from Fanad Head Reef.

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Fanad Head Reef Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At MalinHead, 22 km from Fanad Head Reef.

fresh winds from the SW

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Air temperature
16.6 °C

Current weather near Fanad Head Reef

Buoy Data:

At Blackstones WaveNet Site, 58 miles from Fanad Head Reef.

  4AM 5AM 6AM 7AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 4.7
Dominant period (s) 8.7 10.0 10.0 10.0

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Overall Fanad Head Reef Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in September

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Town and city forecasts close to Fanad Head Reef:

  • Closest city location
    Derry (United Kingdom)
    23 mi
  • Second closest city location
    24 mi
  • Third closest city location
    Coleraine (United Kingdom)
    40 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    Ballymena (United Kingdom)
    62 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    Lisburn (United Kingdom)
    65 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Fanad Head Reef is Londonderry Eglinton Airport (LDY) in North Ireland, 40 km (25 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Fanad Head Reef is St Angelo (Enniskillen) Airport (ENK) in England, 98 km (61 miles) away.
  • Third is Islay Airport (ILY) in U.k, 98 km (61 miles) away.
  • Aldergrove (Belfast) Airport (BFS) in North Ireland is 114 km (71 miles) away.
  • Sligo Airport (SXL) in Ireland is the fifth nearest airport to Fanad Head Reef and is 127 km (79 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Fanad Head Reef, Donegal. Use the tab navigation above to view Fanad Head Reef sea temperature, Fanad Head Reef photographs, Fanad Head Reef detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Fanad Head Reef webcams, current wind from Donegal live weather stations and Fanad Head Reef 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 Fanad Head Reef.