Sumburgh Head

Site overview: This site is located at the most southern tip of the Shetland mainland in northern Scotland. The site comprises boulder-strewn beaches and cliffs up to 100 m high along the east side of Sumburgh Head. The area is a breeding area for several species of seabirds, including terns, auks and gulls.

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° 51' 38" North,
1° 15' 52" West

Surface Area

24.81 km2
(9.58 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Marine areas, Sea inlets


  • 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 tern (Sterna paradisaea) (Annex I (species))