Neptune's Staircase, Banavie

One of the great engineering feats of its time, Neptune's Staircase represents Britain's longest flight of locks. It took almost 20 years for Scottish architect Thomas Telford to design and build the staircase lock in the early 19th century. Ironically, when the construction was finally put to use 20 years later, there was no longer much need for it. However, you can still see boats being lifted 20 m (65 ft) above sea level through the eight locks--a process that takes nearly an hour and a half. Plan to visit Neptune's Staircase during your Fort William vacation using our convenient Fort William online route builder .
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  • Well worth a visit while your here. Very interesting. It did rain while we were there so didn't get to the top.  more »
  • lovely place lots of steps. nice cafe a little way up the path. we walked so far up the steps then walked up the path. Then we crossed over one of the bridges at the top and walked down the other side...  more »
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  • Series of steps of locks on Caledonia canal in north area of Fort William. Impressive engineering with swing road bridge at bottom. Good for a wee walk but nothing else there to see.
  • Worth a visit if you are in Fort William. Great views of Ben Nevis and surrounding area on a clear day. An amazing feat of engineering... oh and you can get a nice coffee too!
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