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Five Finger Strand

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: beach

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell W | Wind ESE

Sea Temperature Today is: 12.9 °C

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Thursday, 18 October 2018, 03:39 Local time
Thursday 18
Wave (m) 2.4
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 15
SW 15
SSW 15
SSW 15
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Five Finger Strand in Donegal is an exposed beach break that is often working, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Ideal winds are from the east southeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Surfable at all stages of the tide. Crowds are never a problem here.

Ireland wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

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Five Finger Strand Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Malin Head, 4 km from Five Finger Strand.

light winds from the SW

no report
Air temperature
9.3 °C

Current weather near Five Finger Strand

Buoy Data:

At Blackstones WaveNet Site, 52 miles from Five Finger Strand.

  10PM 11PM 12AM 1AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 3.5
Dominant period (s) 11.8 11.1 11.8 10.5

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Overall Five Finger Strand Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in October

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Town and city forecasts close to Five Finger Strand:

  • Closest city location
    Derry (United Kingdom)
    22 mi
  • Second closest city location
    22 mi
  • Third closest city location
    Coleraine (United Kingdom)
    29 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    Ballymena (United Kingdom)
    53 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    Lisburn (United Kingdom)
    62 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Five Finger Strand is Londonderry Eglinton Airport (LDY) in North Ireland, 33 km (20 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Five Finger Strand is Islay Airport (ILY) in U.k, 79 km (49 miles) away.
  • Third is Aldergrove (Belfast) Airport (BFS) in North Ireland, 103 km (64 miles) away.
  • St Angelo (Enniskillen) Airport (ENK) in England is 104 km (65 miles) away.
  • City (Belfast) Airport (BHD) in North Ireland is the fifth nearest airport to Five Finger Strand and is 122 km (76 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Five Finger Strand, Donegal. Use the tab navigation above to view Five Finger Strand sea temperature, Five Finger Strand photographs, Five Finger Strand detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Five Finger Strand webcams, current wind from Donegal live weather stations and Five Finger Strand 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 Five Finger Strand.