Highland | Banavie | Canal locks | ★★
Running from Fort William on the west coast of Scotland to Inverness in the east, the Great Glen provided Thomas Telford with a convenient dent in mountainous topography for the Caledonian Canal - its construction facilitated by several natural water bodies. But it wasn't all plain sailing, as they say. Neptune's Staircase is a flight of 8 locks required to give the canal a leg-up into the glen to properly embark on its 60 mile journey. There are 5 further locks where the waterway begins at Corpach, a mile further west, and several others elsewhere on the canal. The land hasn't been exploited as a tourist attraction to the same extent as the shorter staircase at Fort Augustus, but there's a cafe and good views of Ben Nevis, despite a building site which spoils the line of sight from some angles.
📌 Neptune's Staircase ★★
Location: Caledonian Canal, off B8004 at Banavie, G.R.: NN 114770 ///reconnect.cleans.rear
|[Ben Nevis from the towpath]|