Neptune’s Staircase

Built by Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822, it is the longest staircase lock in Scotland. This amazing feat of engineering raises the canal by 19m (62ft) over a quarter of a mile of continuous masonry and takes around 90 minutes for a boat to travel up or down the locks. It’s an interesting location to enjoy watching the boats as they travel up and down the lock flight.

Neptune’s Staircase is part of the Caledonian Canal and located in the small village of Banavie, just four miles north of Fort William. A perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying the magnificent view of Ben Nevis. Part of the Great Glen Way route, the Caledonian Canal offers plenty of walking and cycling paths. You can hire a bike from Rockhopper Hire Hub and explore the towpaths, or take to the sheltered waters of the canal in a canoe or kayak.

Built by Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822, it is the longest staircase lock in Scotland. This amazing feat of engineering raises the canal by 19m over a quarter of a mile and takes around 90 minutes for a boat to travel up or down the locks.

The Caledonian Canal is sixty miles of stunning man-made canal and runs through four beautiful lochs, the last of which is Loch Lochy in Fort William. You can tour the Caledonian Canal by cruise ship, barge, even canoe. We usually just walk and cycle along the paths and enjoy the scenery!