Red Bay

Site overview: The Red Bay site is located off the County Antrim village of Cushendun, Northern Ireland. It contains sandbanks which are made up of maerl, sub-fossil maerl, coarse sands, gravels and cobbles. Unique to this site is the presence of large 2-3m high mega-ripples of sub-fossil maerl. These mega-ripples are comprised of maerl, gravel and sands on the crests, and cobbles and globular sub-fossil maerl in the troughs.

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)


55° 6' 52" North,
6° 1' 25" West

Surface Area

9.65 km2
(3.73 mi.2 )


16.85 km
(10.47 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Subtidal sandbanks (Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time)