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Neptune's Staircase, Banavie

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • This staircase is actually part of the Caledonian canal that links from one loch (lake) to another in the Scottish Highlands. It is used to allow boats to move from one lake to another through its int...  read more »
  • Lovely to see this. Needs history promoting more at site. Kelpies statue had no information explaining it. 
  • We had planned to hike but the day was a bit too wet. So we did other things in the area. Our half hour visit to the Staircase provided a good opportunity for an easy walk while viewing boats. That's ...  read more »
  • 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
  • Engineering at it's finest. Cool to watch the locks do their work!
  • What An amazing engineering feat to create locks that move boats up and down so far, especially in there nineteenth century. The views from the top and the bottom of the locks are fantastic, and if you're around at the truth times you may just catch a glimpse of the Jacobite train as it steams by!
  • Wires over Ben Nevis are great and structure very interesting. We saw a yacht climbing down takes very long time but lady said they pay 130 pounds per year to use a canal system which is extensive.
  • Great place to witness the engineering feat of canals and locks. Watch boats move up and down.
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