Upper Loch Fyne and Loch Goil

Site overview: This Loch is home to beautiful fireworks anemones, volcano worms and Norway lobsters which create burrows in the muddy seabed. The brittlestars that live here occur in huge numbers together with elegant peacock worms, various sponges, starfish, sea squirts and also horse mussels.. Loch Goil is also the only known location where the Arctic relic seasquirt has been recorded. Both sea lochs also have excellent examples of sheltered rock reefs.

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° 7' 32" North,
5° 11' 23" West

Surface Area

78.31 km2
(30.24 mi.2 )

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