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Rossnowlagh ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.7
Difficulty Level: 2.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.8
Crowds: 2.8

Overall: 3.7

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Rossnowlagh Spot ID

Sunset Surf, Rossnowlagh photo


Photo credit: John Richards

Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell W | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 12.8 °C

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Sunday, 21 October 2018, 02:58 Local time
SatSunday 21
Wave (m) 2.0
Period (s) 12 11 11 11
Wind (km/h) 15
SSW 20
SSW 20
SSW 25
Wind State cross cross-

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Rossnowlagh in Donegal is a fairly exposed beach break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the east. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west. The beach break provides left and right handers. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Rarely crowded here.

Ireland wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

At Rossnowlagh (0 km).

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Rossnowlagh Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Finner, 8 km from Rossnowlagh.

moderate winds from the SSW

Air temperature
14.9 °C

Current weather near Rossnowlagh

Buoy Data:

At M4 Donegal Bay Buoy, 76 miles from Rossnowlagh.

  8PM 9PM 10PM 11PM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 2.969
Average period (s) 6.797 6.797 6.211 6.563

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Overall Rossnowlagh Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in October

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Rossnowlagh Location Maps

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Town and city forecasts close to Rossnowlagh:

  • Closest city location
    Derry (United Kingdom)
    47 mi
  • Second closest city location
    47 mi
  • Third closest city location
    Lisburn (United Kingdom)
    63 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    Coleraine (United Kingdom)
    73 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    Craigavon (United Kingdom)
    75 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Rossnowlagh is Sligo Airport (SXL) in Ireland, 40 km (25 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Rossnowlagh is St Angelo (Enniskillen) Airport (ENK) in England, 42 km (26 miles) away.
  • Third is Connaught Airport (NOC) in Ireland, 83 km (52 miles) away.
  • Londonderry Eglinton Airport (LDY) in North Ireland is 86 km (53 miles) away.
  • Aldergrove (Belfast) Airport (BFS), also in North Ireland is the fifth nearest airport to Rossnowlagh and is 130 km (81 miles) away.
Rossnowlagh break location map and break info

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