Neptune’s Staircase

The historic Neptune’s Staircase is a staircase of locks on the Caledonian Canal at Banavie, just north of Loch Linnhe.

Designed by Scottish architect, canal and bridge builder Thomas Telford, it comprises of eight locks and takes boats roughly 90 minutes to travel up the 20 metres (65 feet to the top). It is the longest staircase lock in the UK. The Caledonian Canal runs for 60 miles along the Great Glen from Corpach, near Fort William, to Inverness. On a clear day, this is also one of the best viewpoints for the north west side of Ben Nevis.

Neptune’s Staircase is located on the outskirts of Fort William, signposted off the A830 road to Mallaig.