A' Mhòine

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A' Mhòine
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)[1]
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A view across the blanket bog, towards Ben Hope
Map showing the location of A' Mhòine
Map showing the location of A' Mhòine
The location of A' Mhòine within Sutherland, at grid reference NC536607.
Map showing the location of A' Mhòine
Map showing the location of A' Mhòine
A' Mhòine (the United Kingdom)
LocationSutherland, Highland, Scotland
Coordinates58°30′39″N 4°30′44″W / 58.5107°N 4.5121°W / 58.5107; -4.5121Coordinates: 58°30′39″N 4°30′44″W / 58.5107°N 4.5121°W / 58.5107; -4.5121
Area59.95 km2 (23.15 sq mi)[1]
Governing bodyScottish Natural Heritage

A' Mhòine (Scottish Gaelic: [ә.ˈvɔːɲә]) is a peninsula in the Highlands, Scotland. The peninsula is bounded to the west by Loch Eriboll, and to the east by the Kyle of Tongue. The A838 road crosses the peninsula on an east-west axis.

The peninsula contains large areas of blanket bog covering 5,964 ha (14,740 acres). Eriboll East and Whiten Head, at the western and northern sides of the peninsula, are designated as part of a special landscape area.[2] and the bog a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).[3]

In 2018, the peninsula was selected as the site for the United Kingdom's first spaceport. Launches could first take place by 2022.[4][5]

Permission to build the spaceport has been opposed by a holding objection from the Wildland company of billionaire Danish couple Anne and Anders Povlson.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b "A' Mhoine". Protected Planet. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Assessment of Highland Special Landscape Areas" (PDF). Eon Energy. pp. 9–13. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  3. ^ "A' Mhoine Site of Special Scientific Interest Highland (Sutherland)". Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  4. ^ Amos, Jonathan (16 July 2018). "Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport". BBC News. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  5. ^ Clark, Stephen (16 July 2018). "Scotland site selected as launch base for Lockheed Martin, Orbex". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Environmental concerns voiced over spaceport plan". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  7. ^ "The U.K. Space Agency Has a Scottish Peat Bog Problem". Bloomberg.com. 17 March 2020. Retrieved 21 March 2020.