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Orkney Surf

Detailed Orkney surf forecast maps and the latest eyeball surf report from local surfers in the region. Near-shore swell is shown on the map together with the surf forecast rating for spots in Orkney. Find the best places to surf in offshore conditions by selecting the wind option on the forecast map. Windsurfers and kite surfers can also use this option to find more favorable cross-shore conditions in Orkney. Our local Wavefinder indicates where some of the best conditions are likely to be found in Orkney over the next 7 days. Surf photos from Orkney and reviews of the best spots and surfing conditions have been provided by local surfers.

Orkney Surf Forecast

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Orkney Surf Forecast map for predicting the best wave and wind conditions across the region. For surfers, the map shows the most powerful swell tracking across near-shore open water and not the peak waves experienced by boats out at sea. Move your mouse over the ocean swell symbols or the surf breaks on the coastline to see a more detailed surf forecast including wave period and wind conditions. The forecast updates every 6 hours and most live weather reports update every hour. You can animate the Orkney Surf map or show live wind and wave conditions as reported from wavebuoys and local weather stations. Surf breaks shown along the Orkney coastline are also listed below.

Orkney Photos

Orkney Wavefinder

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Best forecast wave conditions in Orkney
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.6

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0.4

W
0.4

W
0.3

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0.3

W
0.3

W
0.2

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0.3

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0.3

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0.4

W
0.3

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0.3

W
0.3

W
2.5

ESE
2.3

ESE
0.5

W
1.3

NE
1.6

N
Period(s) (?)111110109913121111101014991259
Energy(?)9035331614131424223619183311728097785440
Wind
(km/h)
40 ESE40
35 E35
30 ESE30
30 SE30
30 SE30
30 ESE30
40 ESE40
50 SE50
45 SE45
45 SSE45
40 SE40
50 SE50
35 ESE35
15 ESE15
30 ESE30
40 E40
40 ENE40
45 ENE45
Wind State(?)cross-
off
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off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
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High Tide
/ height (m)

4:47AM
4:52PM

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5:50PM

6:33AM

6:41PM
9:07AM

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7:58AM

8:14PM
8:37AM

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10:22PM
10:44AM

11:23PM
11:44AM
10:22PM

12:15AM

2:24PM
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1:21PM
1:44AM

2:05PM
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10:44AM
2:48PM
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Summary
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Rain (mm)
1-1---611-122--321
High °C
91091010101010101010101099999
Low °C
8899109910101010101099999
Chill °C (?)
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Sunrise
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Sunset
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Swell1 (m) & direction
0.6

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0.4

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0.4

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0.3

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0.3

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0.3

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0.2

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0.3

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0.3

W
0.4

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0.3

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0.3

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0.3

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2.5

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2.3

ESE
0.5

W
0.6

SE
1.6

N
Period (s)11111010998121111101014991279
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.2

N
0.2

N
0.2

N
0.4

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0.2

NNE
0.2

NNE
0.2

W
0.2

W
0.1

W
0.1

W
0.1

N
0.1

N
0.2

W
0.8

SSE
0.1

W
0.4

NNE
0.4

WSW
0.3

WSW
Period (s)88885613887991081561211
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.2

SE
1.1

ESE
1.0

ESE
0.8

SE
0.8

SE
0.8

SE
1.2

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2.1

SE
2.0

SE
1.9

SE
1.5

SE
2.0

SE
1.4

SE
2.5

ESE
2.2

ESE
1.2

E
1.3

NE
1.6

ENE
Period (s)455746466656999456


Orkney Surf Breaks

Orkeny and the shetlands are very remote islands in the very north of Scotland which attracts the more hard core surfer in search of some of the most perfect waves you can get in this part of the world. There is a small but keen group of surfers that live there. You need to bring all of your own equipment with you as this place is as remote as remote gets. The Bay of Skaill offers the largest surf and tends to be the most poplar spot with locals. The coastlines are very exposed so is known for some big swells powering through and hammering the shores.

Orkney has a range of sandy bays, intense reef breaks and near perfect point breaks. Luckily the gulf stream runs all of the way up offering a slightly warmer surf.
The swell window is very generous allowing breaks to go off from a multitude of directions. The weather can be quite fierce so be prepared for cold and strong winds. If the swell is flat take five to absorb one of the most beautiful untouched places in Europe. Getting there can be quite tricky and expensive but is worth it, for the waves awaiting are world class and uncrowded.