Neptune’s Staircase, Nr Fort William, Scotland

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Neptune’s Staircase is in the small village of Banavie, four miles from Fort William, Scotland and is overlooked by the magnificent Ben Nevis.  We visited in 2016, and I have only just come across the photos from that date, we did visit again in 2107 and nothing had really changed, still an interesting  walk along the canal, watching the locks at work, in glorious surroundings. 

Built by Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822, it is the longest staircase lock in Britain and raises the canal by 19 metres (62ft) over a quarter of a mile continuous masonry.  It takes about 90 minutes for a boat to travel up or down the comprising eight locks on the Caledonian Canal.   



12 Replies to “Neptune’s Staircase, Nr Fort William, Scotland”

  1. This is interesting, thanks for all the photos. In one of the pictures it looks like there’s a small whirlpool. Does the water go down that quickly?

    1. I’m not sure if it is whirlpool, but it could be, the water does go down quite fast. We went through a lock on the cruise ship after visiting Amsterdam, but much bigger than these, I will do some photos soon 🙂

  2. That would be interesting to watch! The first posted photo is beautiful! I’m so looking forward to be out on the water again this summer!

    1. Yes its amazing how interesting watching water fill a lock is, quite strange, just watching water 🙂 Watching 15 foot sea waves was just a little different, not something I want to do again in a hurry, nice and smooth is best 🙂

      1. I like watching 15 ft waves on shore,not in a boat though unless your in a rather large ship! That makes my belly flop just thinking of it!!

      2. Thats what our cruise was like all the time we were at sea, the ports were lovely and the weather great, but sailing was snowy, rainy and very very windy… I didn’t mind it, but Steve hated it, so no more cruises. I will post some photos when everything settles down 🙂

  3. We have a pair of parallel locks here in Michigan, the Soo Locks, that connect Lake Superior to the lower Great Lakes. I haven’t been in years, but after seeing this post I am feeling an urge to go. Neptune’s Staircase is such a descriptive and imaginative name. Love it!

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