Firth of Lorn

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.

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° 13' 30" North,
5° 44' 17" West

Surface Area

209.89 km2
(81.04 mi.2 )


251.95 km
(156.55 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Reefs