Shiant Isles

Site overview: The Shiant Isles are a small island group in the Minch, east of the Outer Hebrides. There are three large islands and several small islands and skerries. In summer this is an important breeding area for seabirds, especially auks and fulmars. In winter, the islands support a flock of Greenland barnacle geese.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Protection Area
MPA Purpose
areas of the most important habitat for rare (listed on Annex I to the Directive) and migratory birds within the European Union


57° 53' 40" North,
6° 22' 5" West

Surface Area

69.29 km2
(26.75 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Marine areas, Sea inlets


  • Razorbill (Alca torda) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (Regularly occurring migratory species)


  • Seabird assemblage


  • Common guillemot (Uria aalge) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis [Eastern Greenland/Scotland/Ireland]) (Annex I (species))
  • European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) (Regularly occurring migratory species)