Marwick Head

Site overview: This site is on the west coast of the island of Mainland in the Orkney archipelago of northern Scotland. This is an important nesting area for large numbers of Guillemots and Kittiwakes. These species feed outside the site in surrounding areas.

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° 6' 32" North,
3° 21' 20" West

Surface Area

4.76 km2
(1.84 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)