North-east Lewis

Site overview: This site encompasses the north-east of the Isle of Lewis, extending from the Butt of Lewis to south of the Eye Peninsula. This site aims to protect the Risso’s dolphins and sandeels that live here along with geodiversity features associated with the Quaternary of Scotland and the marine Geomorphology of the Scottish Shelf Seabed. Hundreds of Risso’s dolphins have been spotted here, and it is thought that some may live here for the majority of the time.
At risk:  ! This site has not been designated a Marine Protected Area, but it should be! The Scottish government must designate this area and protect the sea creatures that live 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.


58° 21' 3" North,
6° 6' 6" West

Surface Area

883.49 km2
(341.12 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site