Site overview: This is an island off the north-east coast of the mainland in the Orkney archipelago, in northern Scotland. The site is made up of two parts, one is located at the north-west and the other the north-east end of the island. The site is home to a range of breeding seabirds, including terns, auks, gulls and skuas. Nesting seabirds feed in the waters around the island.

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° 11' 17" North,
3° 3' 3" West

Surface Area

54.82 km2
(21.17 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Marine areas, Sea inlets


  • Northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) (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))