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Fort William to Gairlochy

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  • Neptune's Staircase and the Caledonian Canal
    / Neptune's Staircase and the Caledonian Canal
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Starting in Fort William at the base of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, you follow the Caledonian Canal via Neptune’s Staircase to Gairlochy.

16.9 km
4:10 h
35 m
9 m

Fort William is a bustling town and very popular among climbers and walkers as it sits at the base of Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest peak. Follow the river Lochy with short detours possible to Old Inverlochy Castle or Ben Nevis Distillery. After briefly following the banks of Loch Linnie you reach Corpach where the Caledonian Canal meets the Atlantic (make sure you dip your feet!).

Follow the towpath northeast to Banavie and Neptune’s Staircase, a series of locks which raise the canal 80 feet in just 400. Continue along the canal towpath as it winds its way through stunning countryside above the River Lochy. Your overnight stop in Gairlochy appears all too soon.

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Author
Cara Macaulay
Updated: February 03, 2020

Highest point
36 m
Lowest point
1 m

Rest Stop

Moy Bridge
Cow Hill

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This tour appears in the following itineraries:

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Start

Old Fort, Fort William (2 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
56.821409, -5.107453
UTM
30V 371375 6299486

Destination

Gairlochy

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks okay.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it would be beneficial to bring a power bank.


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4.0
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Teresa Coons
September 18, 2019 · Community
We thoroughly enjoyed this day! I know that at least one reviewer thought this stretch of walking along the canal was boring, but we found it to be very relaxing and beautiful. Fall colors are just appearing, and the mix of dense woods, meadows with sheep and cattle, and peaceful waterway was idyllic.
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Along the Caledonian Canel
Photo: Teresa Coons, Community
Brigitte Mayer
June 25, 2019 · Community
The way along the Caledonian Canal Gets Boring After some Miles, its aleays the same view
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Tuesday, 25. June 2019, 17:32
Photo: Brigitte Mayer, Community
Caledonian Canal
Photo: Brigitte Mayer, Community
Along the caledonian canal
Photo: Brigitte Mayer, Community

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Distance
16.9 km
Duration
4:10h
Ascent
35 m
Descent
9 m

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