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Escorted Rail Tours to Neptune's Staircase

An impressive lock on the Caledonian Canal

Situated on the Caledonian Canal, Neptune's Staircase consists of eight locks at slightly different levels, overcoming a total height difference of 64 feet. The staircase was designed by renowned civil engineer Thomas Telford, in a bid to make inland navigation feasible in northern Scotland - and for the most part this was successful.

The 22-ton lock gates were originally hand-powered, but are now operated by hydraulics. It now takes approximately one-and-a-half hours to pass from one end of the staircase to the other. The journey through the staircase on our Scotland cruises is a fascinating sight to see, as the water overcomes gravity and nature to climb the hillside.

There are 2 tours matching Neptune's Staircase

Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise

This fantastic five-night cruise through the heart of the Highlands begins and ends with a night in Edinburgh before we board our ship for a journey through the rugged coastline of Scotland's west coast to the unspoilt beauty of the Isle of Mull, up Neptune's Staircase, along the Caledonian Canal and across Loch Ness.

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2018AprOct

7 days from £1,865 pp

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The Highlands & Inner Hebrides Cruise

After travelling on the incredibly scenic Kyle Line Railway, we explore the rugged Scottish Highlands from the comfort of our luxury ship. This fantastic voyage takes us up to Neptune's Staircase, through picturesque lochs, along the Caledonian Canal and passes the glorious islands and idyllic scenery of the Inner Hebrides.

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2018MaySep

8 days from £2,865 pp

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What can be said about Scotland? For one, the scenery (providing it’s not so misty you can’t see the hand in front of your face) in this wild corner of the world can never just be ‘nice’ or ‘pretty’, it can only ever be breathtakingly dramatic, awe-inspiring, and slightly ominous, and you can see all of it in its disconcerting glory through its vast selection of rail journeys.

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