Site overview: This site has been designated to protect the reefs and sea caves found here. The area is also home to one of the largest groups of Harbour seals in Shetland and is one of the most northerly groups in the UK. The large, rocky tidal pools on the island are of particular importance, as they are frequently used by the seals for pupping, breeding and moulting.

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° 59' 57" North,
1° 10' 32" West

Surface Area

5.31 km2
(2.05 mi.2 )


23.98 km
(14.90 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Reefs


  • Common seal (Phoca vitulina)


  • Sea caves (Submerged or partially submerged sea caves)