Loch Sunart

Site overview: This is a long narrow sea loch at the northern end of the Sound of Mull. There are a number of small islands which create narrow channels where the tide is squeezed, creating fast currents. These areas are home to flame shell beds. These grow together and stabilise the sea bed, providing places for sponges, starfish and brittlestars to live. There is also a Special Area of Conservation here, which is a type of Marine Protected Area. This aims to protect the European otters here.

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° 40' 35" North,
5° 50' 27" West

Surface Area

48.83 km2
(18.85 mi.2 )

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