Solan Bank Reef

Site overview: This site is 50km from the Scottish mainland, north of Cape Wrath. The reef, after which the site is named, is located on the Solan Bank High, a geological feature of rock 130km long and 25km wide. Cup corals are present throughout the site, and brittlestars are common on both the bedrock and stony reef.

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)


59° 0' 3" North,
5° 4' 48" West

Surface Area

856.39 km2
(330.65 mi.2 )


121.27 km
(75.36 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Reefs
  • Reefs (Annex I habitat)