Solan Bank Reef SAC

Status: Designated


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. 

MPA Type

Special Area of Conservation

Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are strictly protected sites designated under European legislation. They contribute both to the UK MPA network and set up to protect habitat types and species considered to be most in need of conservation at a European level (excluding birds).

Designation date

1 October 2012

Surface Area

856.32 km2 (330.63 mi.2)


121.46 km (75.47 mi.)

  • Reefs

    Areas where the bedrock, stable boulders and cobbles or structures created by animals arise from the surrounding seabed. They attract and provide a home to a huge variety of plant and animal life.

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