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Portsalon Bay from Ballymastocker, Portsalon Beach photo

Portsalon Beach

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell N | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 9.4 °C

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Monday, 10 December 2018, 17:23 Local time
Monday 10Tue
Wave (m) 0.3
Period (s) 8 8 7 11
Wind (km/h) 15
SE 20
SSE 15
SSE 20
Wind State cross-

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Portsalon Beach in Donegal is a very sheltered beach break that has fairly consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Ideal winds are from the southwest with some shelter here from southeast winds. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the optimum swell angle is from the north. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. The location means that it never gets crowded.

Ireland wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Ballyhiernan Bay, 7 km from Portsalon Beach.

IS AT (local time)

Portsalon Beach Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Craigtown Fahan Donegal Ireland Burnfoot wx, 16 km from Portsalon Beach.


Air temperature
7.1 °C

Current weather near Portsalon Beach

Buoy Data:

At Blackstones WaveNet Site, 63 miles from Portsalon Beach.

  1PM 2PM 3PM 4PM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 2.9
Dominant period (s) 11.1 14.3 13.3 14.3

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Overall Portsalon Beach Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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Portsalon Beach Location Maps

Portsalon Beach Location Map

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Town and city forecasts close to Portsalon Beach:

  • Closest city location
    Derry (United Kingdom)
    18 mi
  • Second closest city location
    19 mi
  • Third closest city location
    Coleraine (United Kingdom)
    38 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    Ballymena (United Kingdom)
    58 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    Lisburn (United Kingdom)
    61 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Portsalon Beach is Londonderry Eglinton Airport (LDY) in North Ireland, 34 km (21 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Portsalon Beach is St Angelo (Enniskillen) Airport (ENK) in England, 90 km (56 miles) away.
  • Third is Islay Airport (ILY) in U.k, 101 km (63 miles) away.
  • Aldergrove (Belfast) Airport (BFS) in North Ireland is 109 km (68 miles) away.
  • Sligo Airport (SXL) in Ireland is the fifth nearest airport to Portsalon Beach and is 120 km (75 miles) away.
Portsalon Beach break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Portsalon Beach, Donegal. Use the tab navigation above to view Portsalon Beach sea temperature, Portsalon Beach photographs, Portsalon Beach detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Portsalon Beach webcams, current wind from Donegal live weather stations and Portsalon Beach 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 Portsalon Beach.