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Bay Waverley Castle Hotel, Melrose

Southern Scotland

the Bay Waverley Castle Hotel

Customer Rating: (15 Customer Reviews)

At a glance;

  • Spectacular views of the Eildon Hills from the Hotel's Eildon Restaurant
  • The entertainments room of the Hotel hosts a variety of performers
  • Close to the 12th Century ruins of Melrose Abbey
  • Home of the Melrose Pipe Band Championships, the Borders Book Festival and Melrose Golf Club

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Hotel information

Visit the borders for beautiful rolling hills, ancient castles and the ruins of Hadrian’s Wall. Historical Edinburgh is easily accessible by car for a day trip and is well worth a visit for the castle, shops, architecture and more.

The Waverley Castle Hotel is situated one mile outside the town of Melrose, in five acres of rolling parkland at the heart of the Scottish Borders. Nestling between the River Tweed and the Eildon Hills, it is an impressive building boasting stunning views.

Guests can happily relax in the restaurant and enjoy outstanding views out over the Eildon Hills. After dinner you can continue your evening in the welcoming bar and ballroom where you can dance the night away to our excellent evening entertainment. The area is perfect for those who like to get out and explore with great walks to enjoy along the River Tweed.

Bay Waverley Castle Hotel has a car parking available.

Great for

  • Walking
  • Food
  • History

Bay Waverley Castle Hotel Premier Room

Typical Premier Room at Bay Waverley Castle Hotel

Our most luxurious room option, most of our Premier Rooms come with a four poster bed as well as a spacious refitted bathroom that accommodates both bath and a separate shower. These bedrooms will normally offer extras such as comfortable seating area, a 32 inch digital flat screen television, hair dryer as well as a hospitality tray.

  • En-suite with separate bath and shower
  • Luxurious four poster bed
  • 32 inch digital flat screen television
  • Large bedroom with comfortable seating
  • Hair dryer and shaving point

Bay Waverley Castle Hotel Superior Room

Typical Superior Room at Bay Waverley Castle Hotel

Our Superior Rooms are more spacious and tastefully refurbished, they offer luxurious beds, a 26 inch digital flat screen television. The spacious bathrooms have been refitted with shower over bath. These rooms also come with the facilities to make yourself a hot drink.

  • 26 inch digital flat screen television
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower over bath
  • Spacious rooms
  • Hair dryer and shaving point

Bay Waverley Castle Hotel Standard Plus Room

Just launched – our newly redesigned Standard Plus rooms make it even easier to relax in comfort and style. Features include attractive new decor, contemporary furnishings and flat-screen TV.

  • Flat screen Television
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • En-Suite
  • Hair dryer and telephone
  • The above image represents a typical standard plus room

Bay Waverley Castle Hotel Standard Room

Typical Standard Room at Bay Waverley Castle Hotel

Our Standard Rooms are charming and have everything you would expect. The rooms have digital televisions, tea and coffee making facilities as well as an en-suite bathroom. 

  • En-suite and WC
  • Telephone
  • Digital television
  • Shaving point

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Hotel Accessibility

Here at Bay Hotels we want you to have the best short break possible. We are happy to provide advice to guests with special needs who wish to take breaks at our Hotels. In order to avoid disappointment and/or misunderstandings, please contact us on 01942 496 507 to discuss any needs that you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you have single rooms?
    Yes, in most of our hotels.

  • Do you take dogs and pets?
    We do not allow dogs and pets into our hotels, with the exception of guide dogs.

  • Do you have lifts in all hotels?
    We have lifts in most of our hotels.

  • What time is check in time?
    3pm in the afternoon.

  • What time is check out time?
    10am in the morning.

  • Do you have smoking rooms?
    We do not allow smoking in any parts of our hotels.


Our hotel is situated right in the heart of the Scottish Borderlands at the start of St. Cuthbert's Way

How to get there

By Car:

From Galashiels – Take the A6091 signposted for Melrose. Head straight across the next 3 roundabouts. The hotel is on the left hand side, about 400 yards after the last roundabout. From Newcastle-Upon-Tyne direction – Take the A68 to Jedburgh. Continue on A68, bypassing St Boswells, turn left onto the A6091, signposted Melrose. Continue to the next roundabout and take the 3rd exit for Melrose. The hotel is on the left hand side about 300 yards away. From Carlisle direction – Take the A7 to Hawick and then Selkirk. Continue on A7 until reaching the A6091. Turn right, following the signs for Melrose. Head straight across the 2 roundabouts. The hotel is on the left hand side, about 400 yards from the last roundabout. (AA Roadwatch 09003 401100).

By Train:

The nearest railway station is Waverley Station, Edinburgh. (Rail enquiries to 08457 484950).

By National Express:

Services to Galashiels (National Express enquiries to 08705 808080. Scottish Citylink enquiries to 08705 505050).

By Bus:

First Bus number 62 or X95 from the train station to Galashiels. There are several services from Galashiels bus station to Melrose.

By Taxi:

There is a taxi rank outside the train station. Or from Galashiels L & G Cabs 01896 750750

Bay Waverley Castle Hotel

Bay Waverley Castle Hotel

Skirmish Hill

Waverley Road




Res: 01896 822244

Tel: 01896 822244

Local Attractions

The following places, attractions and things to do are easily reached from Melrose:

  • Edinburgh and the Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Melrose Abbey
  • Floors Castle
  • Abottsford House
  • Traquair House
  • Selkirk

Local Insight

  • Melrose Abbey
    Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale with lavishly decorated masonry. The Abbey is thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart, marked with a commemorative carved stone plaque within the grounds. Visitors can also visit a small museum housing a display of artefacts found within the abbey.
    Visit their website

  • Abbotsford House
    stunningly located on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish   Borders.  Abbotsford sits at the heart of the landscape that inspired   the poetry and novels of its creator, Sir Walter Scott. Unlike the homes   of other great writers, this is a house that the writer himself   designed and as such uniquely embodies a physical representation of the   Romantic Movement that he helped to create. When you touch the bricks   and mortar of Abbotsford, you are touching the soul of Scott. The house contains an impressive collection of historic relics, weapons and armour, including Rob Roy’s gun, dirk and sword, and an   extensive library containing over 9,000 rare volumes. It sits amid formal gardens and a wider landscape that Scott designed and planted.
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  • Priorwood Gardens
    Priorwood is a small walled garden of under two acres of specific horticultural interest, consisting of the production of dried flowers and the cultivation of a collection of apple varieties. The garden is currently at the beginning of a period of revitalisation, during which the herbaceous borders are to be redesigned and rebuilt and new garden features are to be included, such as a lengthy pergola and a shady woodland area displaying rare plants. General maintenance procedures are being revised, and this period is sure to be a fascinating one for gardeners to watch. It is usually possible during the summer and early autumn for the process of drying flowers to be seen, and at other times of the year there will be arrangements being made within the shop.
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  • Dryburgh Abbey
    The graceful ruins of Dryburgh Abbey nestle in wooded seclusion beside the River Tweed. On entering, the visitor immediately understands why the contemplative life of a medieval monk was attractive. The abbey was established in 1150 by white-clad Premonstratensian canons. They were invited to this idyllic spot from Alnwick Priory, Northumberland, by Hugh de Moreville. The Constable of Scotland and Lord of Lauderdale, he was himself an incomer from England.
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Great for

  • Walking
  • Food
  • History


Entertainment Programme

James Mullaney
Will entertain during the week, presenting music for dancing, cabaret, quizzes and competitions.

On Monday Evenings
Outstanding Vocalist
Paul Rossi

On Wednesday Evenings
Jay Jackson

On Thursday Evenings
James' Scottish Night

Dancer - Jessica Bennett
Piper - David Sanderson

On Friday Evenings
An Evening of Entertainment with
Robbie Carran
Outstanding Vocals & Comedy
On Sunday Evenings
Music and Song with
James Knight
Outstanding Vocalist

The entertainment programme advertised is subject to change for reasons beyond our control without prior notice.

Mr and Mrs Renshall

Widnes, Cheshire

rating is 3 stars

16 February 2014

Waverley Castle Hotel

First coach trip holiday, hotel good room we had 28 on ground floor refurbished with new bathroom. Some parts of hotel still to be refurbished. Otherwise good food, excellent staff. Good entertainment with James at night only problem entertainment room cold. Good budget holiday would stay again.

Lilias Brown

Kelty in Fife

rating is 3 stars

5 August 2013

Great Weekend

Great weekend. My sister and I enjoyed our weekend, couldn’t fault anything. The room, food entertainment and staff were perfect, hope to get back soon.

George Ritchie


rating is 4 stars

19 May 2013

Great Value

After blood clots on my lungs I had to cancel going to the I.O.W. as Waverley Castle Hotel was only 60 miles from Annan we booked a self drive, our room 228 was a refurbished room not much of a view but hey ho we had everything we needed, comfy bed, shower, food was of a good choice and good portions, staff worked very hard in the restaurant. Anita my wife received Champagne, Chocolates and Fruit, as it was her Birthday. Thank You. Entertainment something for everyone James Mullaney Ace Performer.

Mr and Mrs Horton


rating is 3 stars

14 September 2012

Waverley Castle Hotel

Just returned from a 4 day break .needs a bit of decor here and there. Staff was fantastic very good indeed smiles, polite, and very friendly. Very clean room. Food very good. Very good value for money was an excellent choice.



rating is 3 stars

25 August 2012

Nice friendly staff

Arrived very late because of heavy traffic ,we were very lucky that the dining room stayed open for us .There was a good selection of food but not of a brilliant standard although always well presented .I had a single room which was a bit on the small side and a little dated ,but had everything I needed. The shower room was nice and clean and a good supply of nice white towels. The staff were all very friendly .The entertainment was good, I loved the Piper and Dancer and James was BRILLIANT!

Mr and Mrs Bower

West Yorkshire

rating is 4 stars

13 August 2012

Waverley Castle Hotel

Just returned from a self drive weekend break. This was our 4th visit & each time the hotel decor has got a little tattier in places & really needs a good overhaul. But saying that, the staff are happy & friendly youngsters & are willing to help in any way they can. The food was good, hot & tasty with plenty of choices. Hubby looks forward to his cooked breakfasts especially. If you want a good budget break in a lovely part of Scotland, choose to stay at the Waverley. We will return soon.

Mrs H Bennett


rating is 4 stars

24 March 2012

The Brilliant James

The Brilliant James Forget the shabby rundown hotel and the mediocre food. This hotel is well worth a visit just for the entertainment. Can't think what the brilliant James Mullaney is doing in this backwater as he deserves his own national TV programme, but make the most of getting up close and personal before he's "discovered". He sings (brilliant voice) he dances, he hosts, but what I'll remember most is the way he responds to his audience. I've never heard quicker or wittier ripostes. Great. 

Tom Hawley

Waterlooville, Hampshire

rating is 5 stars

18 February 2012

Thanks for help

I would like to say a big thank you to the staff that helped my wife when she was taken ill on the 2nd day of her visit to your hotel. After a night spent in Hospital, she went on to enjoy the remainder of the week at your Hotel. Many thanks to you all. Yours truly, Tom Hawley.



rating is 3 stars

18 February 2012

We were shocked at our bedroom . It was very poor with rotten windows and damp on the ceiling-the carpet had not been hovered and the toilet was black under the rim. We were given another room which was dated but it was clean. The hotel is being upgraded and the parts which had been done were nice. This was our only complaint during our stay. The staff in the dining room and bar were excellent-efficient and friendly and the entertainment especially James was brilliant. Very funny. Food was good.


West Lothian

rating is 5 stars

13 February 2012

Waverley Castle

We stayed here from 10th- 13th February and enjoyed our visit very much. All the staff friendly and helpful. The service was good. Entertainment was excellent. From the resident entertainer James who is very talented and hard working and Jay Jackson and the Bootleg Bee gees really made our evenings. We went for an upgrade and our rooms were lovely excellent value for money .We would return.



rating is 3 stars

26 September 2011

Waverley Castle

Stayed for three nights with my partner and our two friends. The rooms are very tired looking and would benefit from some TLC but are very clean. All through the hotel you could not fault the cleanliness. The staff although mostly foreign were very friendly and attentive. Nothing being too much trouble. It did seem a pity that there were no Scottish staff. The entertainment was very good. James really did brighten up the weekend and he was very talented. The food was surprisingly very good.

Gina Cunnington

Barnoldswick, Lancashire

rating is 3 stars

26 September 2011

Waverley Castle

We stayed at Waverley Castle last year and enjoyed our stay. We have just returned from a 3 night stay and was not disappointed. Food really good, waitress and bar staff excellent. We enjoyed the Saturday night entertainment, it was a quiz and 60's night - very entertaining. The entrance and bar area have been refurbished since our last stay and it looks fabulous. See you again next year!



rating is 5 stars

19 February 2011

Review of the Waverley Castle

My husband and I stayed here from 14th to 18th February. Service was excellent, particularly in the dining room where staff were very hard working. Trips excellent. Only downside was a tired looking room and some areas also looking in need of a decor overhaul. Food very good. Entertainment not to our taste, but all in all, a good break.

Sharon Weatherstone


rating is 3 stars

22 November 2010

The Waverley Castle

My husband and I stayed for three nights here. It has a lovely reception and easy check-in. Room immaculate and overlooking gardens. Staff and food were first class, nothing too much trouble. Adam Carter, the Elvis impersonator, was the best we have seen for costume changes and James, who was entertaining before him, worked very hard for the audience. An excellent night! Drinks are a little on the expensive side but having got a good deal on the accommodation, we didn’t mind. We will definitely return. Also, had a winner at Kelso races! 10/10.


North Wales

rating is 4 stars

28 September 2010

Waverley Castle

My partner and I visited this hotel 17/09/2010. We had booked a superior room, which lived up to everything it said on the website, a little smaller than expected but very comfortable. The food was excellent, the service okay (we had to ask several times for tea/toast etc). Tania in the dining room and Simon in the bar were brilliant. The entertainment was good and the overall trip was excellent value for money. Yes, the hotel is looking tired in some areas but as for value for money 10/10.

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