Neptune's Staircase
Neptune's Staircase
4.5
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • laylalae
    Slovakia268 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Never have seen anything like that before
    What a engineering treasure! We were lucky to observe 4 yachts coming up the locks and had and opportunity to talk to them meanwhile as it really takes some time. It was so interesting! Moreover, check for sharing bikes app in this region. We wanted to rent bikes but both the renting companies had no availabilities. Afterwards we found an e-bike sharing app in this region what enabled us to discover more around the canal.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • NCtravelz
    Raleigh, North Carolina1,167 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feat of engineering
    Very pretty walk up the canal but not as interesting when it's not in use. We enjoyed the Caledonian Canal in Fort Augustus a bit more. The mirrored art sculpture is cool. Free car park, very accessible.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
  • Yvonne O
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another Telford masterpiece
    A free car park leads to the wonderful feat of engineering from Thomas Telford the 8 locks of Neptunes staircase. We were lucky enough to see a small cruise ship the Lord of the Glens navigating the locks and appreciate the skill involved. Lovely to walk to the top flight and look across at Ben Nevis.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 5, 2023
  • Katie P
    United Kingdom82 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice view on a sunny day ?
    Came on a groggy, wet day. On a nicer day I’m sure you would be able to see Ben Nevis. No Information boards on the lochs. Nice stop with free large car park.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 7, 2023
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cwh
Sheffield, UK16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
The staircase is a series of modern locks, that are okay as locks go. There is a cafe half way up, and a steel sculpture you can sit in. All easy access from the free car park.

Sorry to give them 3, but I have been spoilt by visiting the ages old Hatton locks near Stratford. More locks, more character and expansion pools to absorb the millions of gallons it has to cope with when a canal barge passes. There are also tow paths for when horses pulled the barges. They are mainly opened using a old fashioned winding key, not hydraulic motors.

The locks at Fort Augustus are a small set but nice.
Written October 20, 2020
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T C
Austin, TX6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Our family happened upon Neptune's Staircase by accident and watched a tour yacht going through the process of crossing the locks. It was a fascinating process of watching each section fill with water and the lock-keepers work to coordinate the opening and closing of the lock gates. We were near the Banavie Swing Bridge, so we also witnessed it swing open.
Written August 21, 2022
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Hannah B
32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Stunning price of well maintained architecture in great surrounds, loch Linnie and Ben Nevis. Great place for a leisurely stroll and watching boats go up and down the locks is very satisfying. It takes close to two hours for all eight locks to be completed. For food I would either take a picnic for the picnic area or eat in the Moorings Hotel Cafe Bistro (great coffee!). There is a small and slightly tired play park for kids. All in all a lovely place.
Written April 18, 2022
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ontheroadagain2008
Scotland73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
popped by as part of a day tour in the area. It is very impressive to look up at the lock system from the bridge at the bottom, it is quite something.

We didn't manage to see it in action yesterday however it is well worth a visit if you are in Fort William. It is illuminated in the evenings.
Written January 5, 2020
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lou1232013
somerset476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
As part of the Caledonian Canal, these 9 locks are a lovely sight. There is a small cafe and shop, and many yachts and small craft passed through the locks and road / rail swing bridges at the base of them during the day. It leads on heading north to a lovely flat, well maintained tow path which many walkers and cyclists enjoyed. Worth a look but best on a fine day.
Written July 22, 2022
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Steve
Littlehampton, UK548 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Neptune's Staircase, The Canal and the Old Boat of Caol. This is a stunning set of of canal gates with a cafe, at the bottom end is a railway crossing that, if you are there at the right time you will see the Hogwarts Express passing through, four times a day two going in and two coming out. If you look down the canal in the opposite direction to the gates, follow the left hand side down to Corpach where, on the beach of Loch Linnhe you will find a locally well know boat wreak called the "old boat of Caol". The is also a lovely Cafe at the Corpach Marina.
Written July 8, 2023
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Gail A
Warwick, UK138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
A perfect place to wonder up one side of the Canal and down on the opposite side, there’s a restaurant/coffee bar one side and a lock cafe on the other, nice for ice cream. The locks are close together so not to far to walk. We were lucky to see the locks opening.
Written June 1, 2021
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Citizen Cope
Cheshire, UK48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is an impressive engineering feat, and we were lucky to see it in action as 3 quite large and expensive looking boats went through..
I remember winding the lock handles as a kid when we went through our local canals on our small boat, none of that here, it's all push button and motors.
The cafe is also well worth a visit, we had a pot of tea and some great cakes, not home baked but great nonetheless.
Written August 9, 2022
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Ron S
Dunfermline, UK71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Went along to view this area as never been here before. Parking turned out to be a nightmare as car parks were full of visitors!!.
Eventually managed to grab a spot. Sunny day dry. All visitors had migrated to the lock areas where a succession of motor boats were preparing to move from one lock to the other. Ground staff operatives were trying their best to get some boat novices to pass them ropes or to let go of to move or stop. It was very entertaining to watch. No one died however. Not sure who pays for the scrape damage along two vessels!
Very tidy set up with experienced shore staff used to this procession of ‘rookie’ sailors.
Written August 3, 2021
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Unsettled
Warwickshire, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Well it’s a walk. Up hill one way and downhill on the way back.

We went mid week so the craft and coffee shops weren’t open but it was still interesting seeing the huge lock gates (all hydraulic) as well as the swing bridges, the second one of which carries the railway line to Mallaig. This bridge has a 5mph speed limit, so good for getting close up shots of the Jacobite going past.
Written May 15, 2021
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