Faray and Holm of Faray SAC
These two uninhabited islands in the northern part of Orkney support the second-largest breeding colony of grey seals in the UK, contributing around 9% of annual UK pup numbers.
MPA TypeSpecial Area of Conservation
Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are strictly protected sites designated under European legislation. They contribute both to the UK MPA network and set up to protect habitat types and species considered to be most in need of conservation at a European level (excluding birds).
Designation date1 October 1998
Surface Area7.82 km2 (3.02 mi.2)
Perimeter21.01 km (13.05 mi.)
Did you know?…
An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed
Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas
Over half a million people have voiced their support for ‘marine protected area’ designation in the UK through our campaigns