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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
Bayof skaillBayof skaillGrim nessBirsay bayBirsay bayBayof skaillSaviskaill bayBayof skaillBayof skaillBayof skaillBayof skaillBayof skaillBayof skaillBayof skaillBayof skaillBirsay bayBayof skaillBayof skaill
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
4.0

W
4.5

W

-
1.8

W
1.4

W
1.1

W
0.8

W
0.7

W
0.6

W
0.6

N
0.6

N
0.5

N
0.8

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
1.0

WNW
Period(s) (?)1012-111010988887588888
Energy(?)27365802079041622110171504341262965636362147
Wind
(km/h)
50 WSW50
50 W50
20 WNW20
10 ENE10
10 ENE10
5 SSE5
10 WNW10
15 WNW15
5 SW5
15 SE15
10 S10
25 W25
20 W20
10 W10
15 E15
20 ENE20
10 N10
20 NW20
Wind State(?)crosscrosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
oncross-
on
High Tide
/ height (m)

2:48PM
2.45
3:14AM
2.46

3:59PM
2.33

4:34AM
2.31


5:55AM
2.30
6:26PM
2.40

6:58AM
2.40

7:19PM
2.55
7:46AM
2.53

8:01PM
2.72
Low Tide
/ height (m)


8:56PM
0.94
9:39AM
0.95

10:15PM
1.06
10:56AM
1.05
1:46PM
0.95
11:38PM
1.04
12:09PM
1.03

12:46AM
0.93

1:06PM
0.92
1:36AM
0.78

1:50PM
0.79
2:17AM
0.61
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partially cloudy
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partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
clear
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Summary
light rainrain shwrssome cloudsclearclearsome cloudssome cloudsclearsome cloudssome cloudsrain shwrsrain shwrsclearclearsome cloudscloudysome cloudsrain shwrs
Rain (mm)
21--------12-----4
High °C
141413131313131212141513121313131413
Low °C
131312121312131212121312121313131312
Chill °C (?)
111110121213121012131411101212111312
Sunrise
5:39--5:41--5:41--5:45--5:48--5:50--
Sunset
-8:52--8:51--8:47--8:45--8:42--8:38-
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.5

S
0.4

SSE
0.5

S
1.8

W
1.4

W
1.1

W
0.8

W
0.7

W
0.6

N
0.6

N
0.6

N
0.5

N
0.4

N
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.3

N
Period (s)666111010988887788888
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.7

SSE
0.4

SE
0.3

WNW
0.6

N
0.8

NNW
0.8

N
0.8

N
0.7

N
0.6

W
0.5

W
0.3

WNW
0.3

WSW
0.3

WNW
0.4

N
0.4

NNE
0.4

NNE
0.4

NNE
0.1

SE
Period (s)66137888888610879886
Wind waves (m) & direction
4.0

W
4.5

W
0.7

WNW

-

-

-

-
0.2

WNW

-
0.3

SE
0.3

SE
0.7

W
0.8

WNW

-
0.1

SE
0.3

E
0.2

NNW
1.0

WNW
Period (s)10125----2-5345-4328


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.