Papa Westray

Site overview: Each year more than 500 breeding black guillemots forage in the shallow coastal waters here, around the islands of Papa Westray and the Holm of Papa Westray.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area
MPA Purpose
This complements the MPA power introduced through the Marine and Coastal Access Act for offshore waters around Scotland. The Act also allows the Scottish Ministers to designate MPAs for demonstration and research and for historic/cultural conservation.


59° 22' 9" North,
2° 52' 25" West

Surface Area

33.31 km2
(12.86 mi.2 )

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