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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  • Called in here on way back from Maliag Just something nice to see how the locks are constructed and to admire the view from the top is something again  more »
  • It’s amazing to see this engineering masterpiece up close. Built circa 1811 and still in operation today. It’s the longest staircase lock in Britain comprising 8 locks, each being 55m long, and the to...  more »
  • Lovely walk up the loch' s with the dog, then along the canal, lovely place, very calming and peaceful day out..  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Were lucky on the day we were there as a luxury cruise ship was going down them. Good cafés and a pub with outdoor seating over looking the locks. Well worth a visit

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