Site overview: Handa is an island surrounded by high sea-cliffs lying a short distance from the west coast of Scotland. It provides a nesting place for seabirds that feed in the waters of the northern Minch. During the breeding season, this area supports 200,000 seabirds including: kittiwakes, great skuas, fulmars, razorbills and guillemots.

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° 22' 58" North,
5° 12' 3" West

Surface Area

32.05 km2
(12.37 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Marine areas, Sea inlets


  • Razorbill (Alca torda) (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)
  • Great skua (Stercorarius skua) (Regularly occurring migratory species)