North Rona

Site overview: North Rona is a remote island in the North Atlantic off the north-west tip of mainland Scotland. One creature protected by this area is the grey seal. The islands are an excellent place for seals as they are rarely disturbed by people in the breeding season. Grey seals are found over much of the island and use many of the submerged sea caves that are found around the coast. North Rona supports the third-largest breeding colony in the UK, representing some 5% of annual UK pup numbers.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Area of Conservation
MPA Purpose
areas which have been identified as best representing the range and variety within the European Union of habitats and (non-bird) species listed on Annexes I and II to the Directive


59° 7' 24" North,
5° 49' 39" West

Surface Area

6.28 km2
(2.43 mi.2 )


9.76 km
(6.07 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Reefs
  • Sea caves (Submerged or partially submerged sea caves)


  • Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus)