South-East Islay Skerries

Site overview: The Skerries islands and the rugged coastline of the Inner Hebridean island of Islay hold a nationally important population of Harbour seals. The south-east coastline areas are used by the seals as pupping, moulting and haul-out sites. These seals make up between 1.5% and 2% of the total UK population.

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


55° 39' 2" North,
6° 3' 40" West

Surface Area

14.99 km2
(5.79 mi.2 )


53.49 km
(33.23 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Common seal (Phoca vitulina)