A popular website used by lots of local seagoing folk is : http://magicseaweed.com/UK-Ireland-MSW-Surf-Charts/1/wind/in/
Love the name Magic Seaweed! And it does seem to be a reliable site too – though at times I wish I didn’t look too closely at the dark red patches approaching! Red never was my colour….
Found some photos on Flickr of a recent event in Kirkwall. The Shetland Jarl Squad was visiting and carried out a re-enactment of Up Helly Aa (famour winter Viking festival in Shetland with lots of flaming torches, and the burning of a longboat). So to turn your thoughts to warmer things than wind and hail have a look here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/cullya-quoy/tags/jarlssquad/
I particularly like the one of the flaming torches in Broad Street, very pagan!