West Westray

Site overview: This site is on the west coast of the island of Westray, one of the most northerly of the Orkney islands in northern Scotland. The cliffs here provide homes for large colonies of breeding auks and Kittiwakes. The grassland and heathland areas support breeding colonies of skuas and terns.

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


59° 18' 24" North,
3° 3' 1" West

Surface Area

37.85 km2
(14.61 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)
  • Arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) (Annex I (species))