Loch Creran

Site overview: Loch Creran is situated at the northern end of the Firth of Lorn, and is an important area for biogenic reefs of the calcareous tube-worm. The development by these worms into a type of reef is extremely rare; Loch Creran is the only known site in the UK to contain these living reefs. There is also another Marine Protected Area here, the Loch Creran MPA.

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° 31' 56" North,
5° 20' 35" West

Surface Area

12.26 km2
(4.73 mi.2 )


38.11 km
(23.68 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Reefs