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Orkney Surf

Detailed Orkney surf forecast maps and the latest eyeball surf report from local surfers in the region. Near-shore swell is shown on the map together with the surf forecast rating for spots in Orkney. Find the best places to surf in offshore conditions by selecting the wind option on the forecast map. Windsurfers and kite surfers can also use this option to find more favorable cross-shore conditions in Orkney. Our local Wavefinder indicates where some of the best conditions are likely to be found in Orkney over the next 7 days. Surf photos from Orkney and reviews of the best spots and surfing conditions have been provided by local surfers.

Orkney Surf Forecast

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Orkney Surf Forecast map for predicting the best wave and wind conditions across the region. For surfers, the map shows the most powerful swell tracking across near-shore open water and not the peak waves experienced by boats out at sea. Move your mouse over the ocean swell symbols or the surf breaks on the coastline to see a more detailed surf forecast including wave period and wind conditions. The forecast updates every 6 hours and most live weather reports update every hour. You can animate the Orkney Surf map or show live wind and wave conditions as reported from wavebuoys and local weather stations. Surf breaks shown along the Orkney coastline are also listed below.

Orkney Photos

Orkney Wavefinder

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Best forecast wave conditions in Orkney
Grim nessBayof skaillBayof skaillBayof skaillBayof skaillGrim nessGrim nessGrim nessSaviskaill bayBayof skaillBayof skaillBirsay baySaviskaill baySaviskaill bayBayof skaillBayof skaillBayof skaillBirsay bay
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)

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6.0

WNW
5.0

WNW
5.5

W
6.0

WNW
2.5

NW
1.5

NNW
0.8

N
2.4

W
3.5

W
4.5

W
3.0

W
2.3

W
2.3

W
1.9

W
1.9

WSW
3.0

W
3.5

W
Period(s) (?)-1414131371010129141312121191012
Energy(?)013296917298831292071146912815621616720233411444158188258615863705
Wind
(km/h)
60 W60
45 W45
45 WSW45
55 W55
60 WNW60
55 NW55
35 WNW35
30 WNW30
40 WSW40
50 WSW50
50 WSW50
25 W25
30 W30
35 WSW35
30 SW30
35 SW35
40 WSW40
35 SW35
Wind State(?)cross-
off
crosscrosscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscrosscross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross
High Tide
/ height (m)

12:49PM
2.99
1:20AM
2.70


11:06PM
3.10
11:25AM
3.11

11:48PM
2.88

12:12PM
2.78
12:34AM
2.63

1:07PM
2.47
1:31AM
2.40
4:19AM
1.97
5:21PM
1.88

Low Tide
/ height (m)


7:09PM
-0.10
7:21AM
0.18
4:57PM
0.07

5:12AM
0.26
5:38PM
0.37

5:58AM
0.50

6:23PM
0.70
6:51AM
0.76

7:17PM
0.99
10:48AM
0.84

11:27PM
1.10
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partially cloudy
cloudy
partially cloudy
light rain
light rain
rain showers
partially cloudy
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partially cloudy
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Summary
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Rain (mm)
-1442-----331-----
High °C
777767678999998898
Low °C
777666668899997788
Chill °C (?)
122101134445554453
Sunrise
6:03--6:03--5:58--5:56--5:52--5:50--
Sunset
-6:35--6:37--6:37--6:42--6:43--6:45-
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.2

SSE
3.5

NW
1.0

NNW
1.6

N
1.4

N
0.1

S
0.4

WNW
0.8

N
0.9

N
1.0

WNW
0.5

N
3.0

W
0.4

NNE
0.4

N
0.4

WNW
0.8

W
1.5

WNW
3.5

W
Period (s)714151312713101016101310915111412
Swell2 (m) & direction
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-
0.4

NNW
0.1

N
0.2

S

-

-
0.4

NW
0.7

N
0.6

N
0.1

N
0.5

N
0.3

N
0.2

WNW
0.4

N
0.7

WNW
0.2

N

-
Period (s)--15155--1310101110101810149-
Wind waves (m) & direction
3.0

W
6.0

WNW
5.0

WNW
5.5

W
6.0

WNW
2.5

NW
1.5

NNW
0.8

WNW
2.4

W
3.5

W
4.5

W
2.2

W
2.3

W
2.3

W
1.9

W
1.9

WSW
3.0

W
0.8

SSW
Period (s)714141313710412914131212119104


Orkney Surf Breaks

Orkeny and the shetlands are very remote islands in the very north of Scotland which attracts the more hard core surfer in search of some of the most perfect waves you can get in this part of the world. There is a small but keen group of surfers that live there. You need to bring all of your own equipment with you as this place is as remote as remote gets. The Bay of Skaill offers the largest surf and tends to be the most poplar spot with locals. The coastlines are very exposed so is known for some big swells powering through and hammering the shores.

Orkney has a range of sandy bays, intense reef breaks and near perfect point breaks. Luckily the gulf stream runs all of the way up offering a slightly warmer surf.
The swell window is very generous allowing breaks to go off from a multitude of directions. The weather can be quite fierce so be prepared for cold and strong winds. If the swell is flat take five to absorb one of the most beautiful untouched places in Europe. Getting there can be quite tricky and expensive but is worth it, for the waves awaiting are world class and uncrowded.