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Machrihanish Surf Guide

Machrihanish on the West Coast is an exposed beach,point and rivermouth break that has quite consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the east. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the best swell direction is from the west. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising.

Machrihanish Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
9.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Machrihanish:

The best conditions reported for surf at Machrihanish occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Machrihanish with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 15% of the time in April while 41% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 44% 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 Machrihanish Location Map

Interactive Machrihanish 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 Machrihanish is Islay Airport (ILY) in U.k, 43 km (27 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Machrihanish is Prestwick Airport (PIK), also in U.k, 74 km (46 miles) away.

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Machrihanish Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 27 January 2022, 07:47 Local Time
Thursday 27
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 12 11
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Machrihanish

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

Wind History at Machrihanish

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

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