Loch Creran

Site overview: Loch Creran is a wonderful sea loch on the west coast of Scotland to the north of Oban. It is home to a huge variety of creatures including Norway lobsters and seapens, the highly coloured dead man fingers, sponges and anemones. The existence of flame shell beds, horse mussel beds and reefs greatly enhances the biodiversity of the loch and provides shelter to many other plants and animals including seaweeds, whelks, starfish, brittlestars, crabs, sponges and sea squirts. There is also a Special Area of Conservation in this area too, another type of Marine Protected Area.

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.


56° 31' 57" North,
5° 20' 31" West

Surface Area

12.27 km2
(4.74 mi.2 )

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