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“Caledonian Canal”

Neptune's Staircase
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Banavie
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Driffield, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Caledonian Canal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014

We stay at Glenshian Guest House which is situation by the canal very near to the top of Neptune's Staircase. It is quite lovely to be there and watch the boats go through the locks.

Visited September 2013
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“Clever Engineering”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014

I have visited Neptune's staircase on a number of occasions when visiting Lochaber and never cease to be amazed by the clever engineering behind this feature nor indeed the entire Caledonia Canal

Visited July 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“Very scenic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014

Had been looking forward to seeing Neptune's Staircase and it is a lovely place to walk beside. We weren't lucky enough to have any boats going through the locks when we were there.
I couldn't believe that actually, but no traffic that day. There is a nice little place to have a coffee/lunch, just next to the locks (The Mooring Hotel). You could wait out the rain there - or wait to see if any boats come along the canal !
Nice big free car park at the base of the locks - next to the Hotel.
Neptune's Staircase is a very nice place for a stroll. It is all well kept and maintained. It is very picturesque - great for some scenic photos.

Visited September 2013
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“So beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2014

Well worth a walk up, so clever. Very picturesque. We walked up the canal basin at the top. Lovely in the sunshine.

Visited July 2014
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“Walk there from Fort William”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014

We walked to Neptune's Staircase from Fort William, along the loch, and if you want to get a feel for the area, it was an interesting mixture of experiences. Barely out of Fort William, there were delicious wild raspberries along the path, and a game of shinty going on, on the town's shinty pitch. Then, the ruins of Inverlochy castle to be visited (free), and the Mallaig steam train passing by. Along the shore at Caol we stopped for an excellent soup and sandwich lunch at Café 3:16, a fine modern building with huge windows overlooking Loch Linnhe. It's run by volunteers from the local church, who were cheerful and friendly (3:16 in case you hadn't spotted it already is the Bible verse "And God so loved the world....": we had to ask.) Walk as far as Telford's lock cottages, and then cross the canal and walk back along the canal to Neptune's Staircase. I counted about 20 different types of wildflower on the walk overall. The walk is not all scenic, as some is along a road, but there was almost always something of interest, even if it was curiosities like the local passion for very neat gardens, with garden gnomes and other paraphernalia, including even a model Loch Ness monster. A gentle day getting a feel for Fort William and life there.

There is a bus from the main road near Neptune's Staircase back into Fort William, which goes about every 20 minutes.

Visited July 2014
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