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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 Surf Guide

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.

Birsay Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
13.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Birsay Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Birsay Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 32% of the time in February while 54% 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.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Birsay Bay Location Map

Interactive Birsay Bay 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 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.

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Birsay Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 23 September 2021, 04:21 Local Time
Thursday 23
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
on on on

Swell History at Birsay Bay

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

Wind History at Birsay Bay

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

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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