Neptune’s Staircase

Neptune’s Staircase is a series of canal locks at Banavie near Fort William at the Loch Linnhe end of the Caledonian Canal which raise the canal to a level 20 metres higher.

Bottom Lock:-

Bottom of Neptune's Staircase

Canalside path and second lock:-

Neptune's Staircase 6

Third lock – full and overflowing:-

Neptune's Staircase 7

Top of Neptune’s Staircase:-

Top of Neptune's Staircase

Opposite angle of top of Neptune’s Staircase:-

Neptune's Staircase 4

Second top lock:-

Neptune's Staircase 3

Third top lock:-

Neptune's Staircase 2

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  1. Denis Cullinan

    20 metres, That’s nothing to sneeze at.

  2. jackdeighton

    Denis,
    The staircase has eight locks; each 55 metres long (x 12 wide.) It’s the longest set of staircase locks in Britain. Since they were converted to hydraulic operation it only takes 90 minutes to pass the whole way through – as opposed to half a day when the locks were hand operated.

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