GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Neptune's Staircase Walk

1 miles (1.2 km)

This wonder of engineering was constructed in the early 19th century by Thomas Telford. It is noteworthy asthe longest staircase lock flight in Scotland.
You can start your walk from the Neptune's Staircase car park next to the Banavie Swing Bridge. You can then pick up a lovely surfaced footpath running along the Caledonian Canal and the locks. After about 10 minutes there's a footbridge where you can cross over and walk along the other side of the canal. It's a very photogenic area with the nearby Ben Nevis making a fine backdrop.
You can extend the walk by heading north east along the canal and the Great Glen Way to visit Loch Lochy.


PH33 7NG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Neptunes Staircase OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Neptunes Staircase Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Moorings Hotel overlooks the canal. You can sit outside on the decking area and enjoy lovely views of the lock flight.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To the north east there's the interesting village of Spean Bridge. Here you can enjoy pleasant walks along the River Spean and climb to the Commando Monument where there is a noteworthy memorial and a splendid viewpoint.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Banavie rail bridge and Neptune's Staircase - - 3101799

Banavie rail bridge and the locks

Neptune Staircase - - 228572

Neptune Staircase and in the background the Ben Nevis and Glen Nevis

Train crossing bridge at Banavie - - 1224706

Train crossing bridge at Banavie

The Top of Neptune's Staircase - - 888730

The Top of Neptune's Staircase. Near the southern end of the Caledonian Canal, 8 locks take craft up/down 20 metres over a distance of 450 metres. In the distance is Loch Linnhe.


GPS Files

GPX File

Neptunes Staircase.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)