North West Rockall Bank

Site overview: This site is located in the north-east Atlantic, approximately 400 kilometers west of the Outer Hebrides. This is a large site measuring approximately 450 kilometers in length and 200 kilometers in width. Coral reefs can be found here and Rockall Bank, within the site, is potentially one of the largest sites for biogenic reef formed by cold water coral species in the UK. The North West area of the Rockall Bank is covered in a layer of fine sediment, gravel, cobbles and boulders of glacial origin, some of which were shaped into ploughmark formations by icebergs during the last ice age. Squat lobsters, sea cucumbers, and the bluemouth red fish call this area home.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Site of Community Importance
MPA Purpose
Sites which have been adopted by the EC, but not yet formally designated by governments of Member States are known as Sites of Community Importance (SCIs)


57° 42' 42" North,
14° 9' 43" West

Surface Area

4,368.44 km2
(1,686.66 mi.2 )


437.75 km
(272.01 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Reefs
  • Reefs (Annex I habitat)