Troup, Pennan and Lion's Heads

Site overview: This site is a 9 km stretch of sea-cliffs along the Banff and Buchan coast of Aberdeenshire in north-east Scotland. The cliffs rise to 150 m and provide ideal nesting sites for seabirds, which feed in the waters offshore. The site is particularly important for its number of gulls and auks.

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


57° 41' 38" North,
2° 16' 4" West

Surface Area

33.69 km2
(13.01 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)
  • Herring gull (Larus argentatus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)