Lochs Duich, Long and Alsh Reefs

Site overview: This is an important area for sheltered reefs, with a range of sea anemones, sponges, ascidians and brittlestars. This site is also home to horse mussel beds. There is also another Marine Protected Area here too, which protects the mussel beds.

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


57° 15' 48" North,
5° 35' 8" West

Surface Area

23.75 km2
(9.17 mi.2 )


121.00 km
(75.19 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Reefs