Sule Skerry and Sule Stack

Site overview: These are two small and remote islands of Sule Skerry and Sule Stack which lie in the North Atlantic, west of Orkney. Sule Skerry is about 60 km from Orkney, while Sule Stack is another 8 km to the south-west. The islands provide well placed nesting spots for large numbers of seabirds which feed in the waters off the north coast of Scotland. It is one of only seven known nesting localities in the EU for Leach’s Petrels.

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° 3' 29" North,
4° 27' 1" West

Surface Area

39.10 km2
(15.10 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Marine areas, Sea inlets


  • Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • European storm-petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus) (Annex I (species))
  • Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Leach’s storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) (Annex I (species))


  • Seabird assemblage


  • Common guillemot (Uria aalge) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) (Regularly occurring migratory species)