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Bay of Skaill Surf Guide

Bay of Skaill in Orkney is an exposed break. that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the south southeast. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the west northwest.. It very rarely gets crowded here.

Bay of Skaill Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  red-Icon  s44.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
9.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Bay of Skaill:

The best conditions reported for surf at Bay of Skaill occur when a West-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South-southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Bay of Skaill (for consistent clean waves)?

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Bay of Skaill with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 38% of the time in February while 48% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 14% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
38%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
48%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
14%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Bay of Skaill Location Map

Interactive Bay of Skaill surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Bay of Skaill is Kirkwall Airport (KOI) in Scotland, 27 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Bay of Skaill is Wick Airport (WIC) in U.k., 68 km (42 miles) away.

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Bay of Skaill Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 03:48 Local Time
Wednesday 25
4AM7AM10AM1PM
Wave (m)
0.4
W
0.4
WSW
0.4
W
0.3
W
Period (s) 8 8 9 9
Wind (km/h)
20
30
40
40
Wind State cross-
off
off off cross-
off

Swell History at Bay of Skaill

Surf stats for Bay of Skaill, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Bay of Skaill

Wind stats for Bay of Skaill, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Bay of Skaill. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  red-
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    8km away
    • Icon beach  red-
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    21km away
    • Icon beach  red-
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    23km away
    • Icon beach  red-
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    37km away
    • Icon beach  red-
    • Icon  s44.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    43km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Bay of Skaill: