Faray and Holm of Faray

Site overview: 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.

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° 13' 18" North,
2° 49' 38" West

Surface Area

7.82 km2
(3.02 mi.2 )


20.97 km
(13.03 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus)