Firth of Lorn SAC

Status: Designated


Site overview

You can find lots of different types of underwater reefs here, together with a huge range of plants and animals that live alongside them. In fact, these reefs are amongst the most diverse in both the UK and Europe. The southern cup-coral and  a type of nationally scarce brittlestar both live here. 

MPA Type

Special 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 date

1 June 1999

Surface Area

209.87 km2 (81.03 mi.2)


252.22 km (156.72 mi.)

  • Reefs

    Areas where the bedrock, stable boulders and cobbles or structures created by animals arise from the surrounding seabed. They attract and provide a home to a huge variety of plant and animal life.

Did you know?…

To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’

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 500,000 records of undersea species and habitats have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers