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Neptune's Staircase, Banavie

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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. To visit Neptune's Staircase on your trip to Fort William, use our Fort William trip itinerary builder.
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  • Interesting place, even more so when able to watch the boats move through the eight locks going through the Caledonian Canal.  more »
  • Nothing exciting but kind of interesting to know the mechanism at sight. Worth a visit as a tourist with extra time. Nearby environment and boats were beautiful.  more »
  • Moored at the topbof the staircase, if that way it is worth popping into to watch some of the larger craft go through the locks there, it is outstanding to watch. Picture is of Ben Nevis as seen from ...  more »
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  • Very cool place! I've seen it in operation several times and have just done an amazing trip on a Caledonian Discovery barge that actually transits the flight. An experience not to be missed! Take the time to go to the top as it's a different world up there, very serene and with lovely views.
  • Spent a lovely time here . My husband and I got speaking to one of the men operating the locks. He answered all our questions and was very helpful.
  • Amazing engineering and worth a visit. It's very photogenic. While visiting, pop down to Corpach and visit the old wrecks on the shore.
  • Awsome to see the stair case when it's in motion also some nice shops close by with places to eat or get a snack
  • An impressive piece of engineering, lovely to walk along whilst eating an ice cream on a warm summer's day.

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Where to stay in Fort William

A B&B along the high street provides access to pubs and cultural life. However, luxury hotels set among idyllic countryside are outside the city center. Consider a stay inside a refurbished historical building at one of the handful of guesthouses. less expensive lodging is also available in scenic areas within walking distance of the high street, or main street.
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