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Mill Bay Surf Guide

Mill Bay in Orkney is an exposed break. that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the southwest. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast.. Rarely crowded here.

Mill Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
8.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Mill Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Mill Bay occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

octoberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Mill Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 9% of the time in October while 20% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 71% 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 Mill Bay Location Map

Interactive Mill 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 Mill Bay is Kirkwall Airport (KOI) in Scotland, 26 km (16 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Mill Bay is Wick Airport (WIC) in U.k., 80 km (50 miles) away.

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Mill Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 17:05 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 8 7 -
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Mill Bay

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

Wind History at Mill Bay

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Mill Bay: