Cape Wrath

Site overview: Cape Wrath lies at the north-westernmost tip of mainland Scotland. The cliffs here provide suitable nest sites for large numbers of breeding seabirds and areespecially important for gulls and auks. During the breeding season, the area regularly supports 50,000 individual seabirds including: puffins, razorbills, guillemots, kittiwakes and fulmars. The seabirds feed outside of this area in the nearby waters and more distantly in the North Atlantic.

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


58° 36' 51" North,
4° 56' 26" West

Surface Area

67.30 km2
(25.99 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)