Site overview: Rum is an island located south-west of Skye in the Scottish Highlands. Rum is known for its huge colony of Manx Shearwater puffins, the largest colony of this species in the world, breeding on the slopes of some of the higher hills. It also supports 4 pairs of golden eagles as well as a number of other breeding seabirds (auks and gulls) on the cliffs. The seabirds feed outside the SPA in nearby waters. This area overlaps with the Small Isles Marine Protected Area and Canna and Sanday Special Protection Area.

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


56° 59' 55" North,
6° 20' 47" West

Surface Area

466.79 km2
(180.23 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Marine areas, Sea inlets


  • Black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (Regularly occurring migratory species)


  • Seabird assemblage


  • Common guillemot (Uria aalge) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Red-throated diver (Gavia stellata) (Annex I (species))