About Thurso East

The highlight of Scotland's "Norse Shore," this reeling right-hander nestled in the shadow of brooding battlements, is a Celtic case-study in topographic perfection. The smooth, kelp covered slab-stone reef at the mouth of "Thor's River" condenses and converts the raw power of Arctic swells rolling into the bay. With more north in it, the wave walls. But with more west, it transforms into a dark, cavernous pit up to 100 meters in length. Having been spat into the channel, the gentle rip carries you back to the peak with little effort. Even in the summer a 4/3 is advisable and in winter, gloves, boots and hoods are essential. Likened to a cold water Nias and discovered in the same year. No longer an empty frigid gem, always busy when it breaks and the small take-off zone means respect the locals.

Source: Thurso East Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Be sure you have good reef experience before you paddle out here.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Tolerant with humilty and respect.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Small, intense take off point plus increased numbers means there's always a crowd.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

A real jewel in the Scottish surfing crown, world class on its day.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Easy paddle out in rip formed by river.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Brown peaty river run-off but pretty clean.

Additional Information


Shallow reef, crowds.


Park respectfully in farm yard near surf club. Don't block the farmer's access.

Bring Your



Slab-stone reef.

Best Season

September - February.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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