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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  • August 17, 2017
    Great site to visit as a stop off en-route. It is a marvel of engineering! There is a station on the route from Fort William to Mallaig if you are doing that trip it's easy to hop off the train on the...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    As we were in the area we stopped to have a look at this feat of engineering. It was a beautiful day, sun shining and lots of boats coming up the staircase so a real chance to see it in action. Cafe n...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This was one of our "things to see in Fort William" and it did not disappoint. We walked 3 miles along the canal and on the way back saw the locks being used. We were also fortunate enough to see the ...  more »
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  • August 17, 2017
    We just stopped in the way past. We're familiar with the lock at Fort Augustus which is very interesting and this one is equally so. It's a good way to spend a short time and then maybe have a snack or something at the canal side restaurant watching the boats go by. Very relaxing.
  • October 2, 2017
    Impressive engineering set against amazing scenery. Lovely little shops and cafe surrounding the locks. At its best when boats are actually transiting through the locks.
  • July 12, 2017
    Excellent place its all well kept and clean looking. You can get up very close to the boats. Everyone seemed friendly with a good atmosphere around the place. The car park for it though is off road and has big potholes be careful driving through there they really need to upgrade the car park to tarmac.
  • October 7, 2017
    Pretty set of staircase locks within easy walking distance of Fort William. Ideal for those who like to take leisurely stroll on a Sunday afternoon and take some pictures.
  • August 23, 2017
    What a fantastic price of engineering. Really nice watching all the boats go by. Recommend the little cafe as well they do good carrot cake!

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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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