Site overview: This is the most westerly of the Shetland Islands, which are situated to the north of the Scottish mainland and Orkney. It is 20 km west of the Shetland mainland and is the most isolated inhabited island in the UK. The island is important for a wide range of breeding seabirds, with different species nesting in different parts of the island. It is one of only seven known nesting localities in the EU for Leach’s Petrel.

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


60° 8' 5" North,
2° 4' 37" West

Surface Area

79.91 km2
(30.86 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)
  • Leach’s storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) (Annex I (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)
  • European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Red-throated diver (Gavia stellata) (Annex I (species))
  • Arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) (Annex I (species))