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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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  • Just a quick stop just to say I've been there ,fascinating and brilliant achievement , would loved to have seen a boat going thru the locks but not today, good walk around and views  more »
  • Good parking, lovely walk along staircase and canal, great food at the moorings nearby. Would recommend to anyone.  more »
  • An interesting series of locks at the western end of the Caledonian Canal. Really need to be viewed in the season when there will be activity of vessels locking through the Staircase of locks.  more »
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  • 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.