Loch Laxford

Site overview: This site is located on the west coast of Scotland, and is made up of inlets which were originally formed by the submergence of a glacial valley - known as a fjard. The many reefs and islands near to the narrow loch entrance are the result of the sheltered conditions there. Here there are lots of anemones, and the snake blenny (which usually occurs in burrows in deeper water) is also common here. In the outer, more exposed parts of the site you can find sea cucumbers and heart-urchins. Beds of maerl also occur in various channels of the loch.

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


58° 24' 13" North,
5° 5' 9" West

Surface Area

12.20 km2
(4.71 mi.2 )


78.02 km
(48.48 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Reefs
  • Shallow inlets and bays (Large shallow inlets and bays)