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Neptune's Staircase

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 Scottish cruise is a fascinating sight to see, as the water allows the barges to overcomes gravity and nature to climb the hillside.

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Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise - Lord of the Glens
4.6 stars(5 reviews)
2021SepOct
7 days from
£1,945 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh / Oban
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  • TransportRail, Cruise
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
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Scottish Highlands Cruise
03 Oct 2018
Dr T James
5 stars
“very good atmosphere created by the staff and crew of the Lord of the Glens
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Scottish Islands and Lochs Cruise
Nov 03 2018
Miss S Perry
4 stars
“Overall good cruise and food
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