Sound of Arisaig (Loch Ailort to Loch Ceann Traigh)

Site overview: This site is important because it aims to protect the important sandbanks found here on the west coast of Scotland. This site is also significant because it is home to some of the most extensive and rich beds of maerl in the UK. Eelgrass also grows in the shallow sand in outer Loch Ailort.

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


56° 48' 33" North,
5° 52' 18" West

Surface Area

45.51 km2
(17.57 mi.2 )


136.20 km
(84.63 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Subtidal sandbanks (Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time)