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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 skaillRackwickRackwickBayof skaillRackwickGrim nessGrim nessGrim nessGrim nessBayof skaillBayof skaillBayof skaillSaviskaill bayBayof skaillBayof skaillBayof skaillBayof skaillBayof skaill
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
3.5

WNW
2.5

WNW
1.6

NW
1.3

W
1.5

WNW
2.1

NW
2.5

NNW
2.0

NNW
0.9

N
1.7

WNW
1.2

WNW
2.2

W
2.4

W
1.9

W
3.0

W
3.0

W
2.0

W
1.4

W
Period(s) (?)1110101086768613121278101010
Energy(?)275613064423053293456723201161794841483154935110871509808356
Wind
(km/h)
40 W40
10 W10
20 WNW20
30 W30
30 NW30
50 NW50
55 NW55
40 NW40
35 WNW35
35 WNW35
35 W35
30 W30
40 WSW40
35 WSW35
45 WSW45
40 W40
25 W25
10 WSW10
Wind State(?)crosscross-
on
cross-
on
crosscrosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
crosscross-
off
crosscrosscrosscrosscross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)

2:17AM
2.94

3:05PM
2.59
3:25AM
2.79

4:17PM
2.54

4:36AM
2.70
5:33PM
2.52

5:36AM
2.72
6:32PM
2.61

9:34AM
2.22

10:10PM
2.26
10:26AM
2.26
Low Tide
/ height (m)

8:01PM
0.74
8:46AM
0.45

9:09PM
0.88
10:03AM
0.55

10:23PM
0.94
11:11AM
0.60

11:26PM
0.92
12:03PM
0.61

12:28AM
0.83

3:52PM
0.55

4:19AM
0.65
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light rain
clear
clear
rain showers
light rain
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
light rain
partially cloudy
light rain
cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Summary
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Rain (mm)
-1--11---1-1-2----
High °C
111111111010101010101010111112131314
Low °C
111010111091091091010111112131213
Chill °C (?)
798875566666788101114
Sunrise
--4:01--4:00--4:00--4:00--4:00--4:01
Sunset
10:30--10:30--10:25--10:30--10:30--10:30--
Swell1 (m) & direction
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2.5

WNW
1.6

NW
1.1

NW

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-

-

-
0.9

N
1.1

N
1.2

WNW
0.5

N
0.4

NNE
1.2

W
0.2

NNE
0.1

N
2.0

W
1.4

W
Period (s)-10109----88138811881010
Swell2 (m) & direction
-

-
1.1

W
0.5

N

-

-

-

-
0.6

NNE
0.6

WNW
0.7

N
0.4

N
0.6

WNW
0.3

NNE
0.1

N
0.1

N
0.1

N
0.1

N
Period (s)--109----614881288877
Wind waves (m) & direction
3.5

WNW

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-
1.3

W
1.5

WNW
2.1

NW
2.5

NNW
2.0

NNW

-
1.7

WNW
1.7

WNW
2.2

W
2.4

W
1.9

W
3.0

W
3.0

W
1.5

W

-
Period (s)11--108676-661212781010-


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.