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Birsay Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.2

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Birsay Bay Spot ID

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Type: -

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell WNW | Wind SE

Sea Temperature Today is: 12.4 °C

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 12:23 Local time
Tuesday 15
Wave (m) 0.3
Period (s) 10 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 30
SE 30
SE 30
ESE 35
Wind State off off off cross-

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Birsay Bay in Orkney is an exposed break. that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the southeast. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the west northwest.. Rarely crowded here.

United Kingdom wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Bay of Skaill, 8 km from Birsay Bay.

IS AT (local time)

Birsay Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At SHIP1943, 14 km from Birsay Bay.


Air temperature
11.8 °C

Current weather near Birsay Bay

Buoy Data:

At EMEC Waverider at Billia Croo wave power test site, 9 miles from Birsay Bay.

  6AM 7AM 8AM 9AM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 0.6
Dominant period (s) 8.3 8.3 7.7 7.1

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Overall Birsay Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in October


Surf stats for Birsay Bay: see the swell variation by month.

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Wind stats for Birsay Bay: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Birsay Bay Location Maps

Birsay Bay Location Map

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Town and city forecasts close to Birsay Bay:

  • Closest city location
    121 mi
  • Second closest city location
    143 mi
  • Third closest city location
    184 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    189 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    203 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Birsay Bay is Kirkwall Airport (KOI) in Scotland, 31 km (19 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Birsay Bay is Wick Airport (WIC) in U.k., 76 km (47 miles) away.
  • Third is Sumburgh Airport (LSI) in U.k., 142 km (88 miles) away.
  • Lossiemouth Airport (LMO) in U.k is 158 km (98 miles) away.
  • Inverness Airport (INV), also in U.k is the fifth nearest airport to Birsay Bay and is 182 km (113 miles) away.
Birsay Bay break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Birsay Bay, Scot - Orkney. Use the tab navigation above to view Birsay Bay sea temperature, Birsay Bay photographs, Birsay Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Birsay Bay webcams, current wind from Scot - Orkney live weather stations and Birsay Bay tide predictions. The United Kingdom swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom 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 Birsay Bay.