Geikie Slide and Hebridean Slope

Site overview: Located off north-west Scotland, this site follows the descent of the seabed from the continental shelf at a depth of 200m into the deep-sea. This is a submarine landslide, named after the famous Scottish geologist, Sir Archibald Geikie. A diverse range of sea life can be found living in and on the mud, including sea urchins, sea spiders, and deep-sea worms. The area is also a breeding ground for fish such as blue ling.

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.


58° 22' 17" North,
9° 10' 12" West

Surface Area

2,217.88 km2
(856.33 mi.2 )

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