Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  Scotland  /  Scottish Highlands  /  Lochaber  /  Fort William  /  Banavie  /  Sightseeing  /  Neptune's Staircase

Neptune's Staircase, Banavie

(4.3/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Fort William itinerary

(Fort William is the nearest city to Neptune's Staircase)

map

Plan your trip to Fort William

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Fort William by other users

41 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM FRANCE June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 7 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM CANADA June, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • a gentle wander and an easy climb. the footpath extends to a flat walkway which extends across the great glen. interesting are the different boas moored up there. it is a popular venue for people keep...  more »
  • Spectacular set of Canal Lock Gates well worth a visit while you are in Fort William. The Lock Gates are part of the famous Caledonian Canal System that cuts across Scotland from Coast to Coast.Anothe...  more »
  • If you like engineering these may interest you but for the average tourist they may not be that great to see. It takes around 20 minutes to walk up them and at the top there are a few boats moored. Th...  more »
Google
  • Great place to hang out when in/near Fort William. Nice to watch boats moving up and down the locks. Cafe on the one side of the staircase is a pleasant place for a tea break too.
  • Lovely Lochaber, Ben Nevis highest mountain in Uk and the fabulous Neptune's Staircase great engineering all completed manually.
  • Nice place to visit if you're around. The system of ship locks is quite clever and makes for a good show if there are ships passing.
  • We spent a good few hours here. Fortunately three boats were making their way down into Loch Linnhe. We what a wonderful feat of engineering this system is, along with the two swing bridges (one Rail one Road) to allow access into the Loch. There's also a good car park and a Bistro/Cafe on site. Well worth half a day, in dry weather. Visited May 2016
  • Great tourist attraction, very clean and well maintained place.