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We are creating a new public body, Historic Environment Scotland, which will come into effect from 1 October 2015. While we work on shaping our future we can reassure you that all services and products will continue as normal. We will continue to keep you up to date on developments. Please follow our progress and find out more about our new organisation.

Historic Marine Protected Areas

Find out which Marine Heritage sites are protected

A 19th century Clydebuilt merchant vessel
There are many thousands of marine heritage sites on the seabed around Scotland.  A small number of sites of national importance have statutory protection as Historic Marine Protected Areas.

Historic MPA name    Location                                    Date of Designation

Drumbeg   Sutherland, Highland 18 March 2013; re-designated 1 November 2013
Mingary   Ardnamurchan, Highland 1 November 2013
Kinlochbervie   Sutherland, Highland 1 November 2013
Campania   Firth of Forth, Fife 1 November 2013
Out Skerries   Shetland 1 November 2013
Dartmouth   Morvern, Highland 1 November 2013
Duart Point   Mull, Argyll and Bute 1 November 2013

Our decisions portal provides information about all Historic MPAs including maps and advice on management. This information is designed to help regulators, developers and sea-users to understand the importance of these areas and the archaeological sites they contain, and to determine how their activities may or may not have an impact.

You can also download GIS data for the boundaries of Historic MPAs from our decisions portal.

Access the Historic Environment Scotland decisions portal.

Contact Us

Designations Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh EH5 3EH
Tel: +44 (0) 131 668 8600

Related Links

Links to further useful information.