Bay Waverley Castle Hotel
• 77 bedrooms
• Delightful Borders location
• Close to the River Tweed
• Easy to explore England & Scotland
• Full range of room upgrades available
• Excellent live entertainment
Gentle valleys and rolling hills provide a picturesque backdrop for the Bay Waverley Castle Hotel in Melrose in the Scottish borders. This majestic building is set in the pretty town of Melrose, nestled in the Tweed Valley at the foot of the Eildon Hills. The wonderful location, close to some of the area’s most popular attractions, makes this hotel the perfect place to unwind, rejuvenate and explore this historic area.
Waverley Castle prides itself on its stylish guest spaces with a choice of relaxing lounge and bar areas, chic dining room and beautifully refurbished ballroom for guests to enjoy. The hotel boasts 77 attractive en-suite bedrooms and a full range of upgrade options, from fresh and basic to premier, to suit every taste and budget.
There are plenty of things to see and do nearby, including two stunning National Trust gardens, a wonderful apple orchard and a dedicated dried flower garden just a short drive away. Less than 3 miles from Melrose, Sir Walter Scott’s home Abbotsford offers visitors magical woodland, riverside walks, a trip back in time through 200 years of history and a warm café serving seasonal food.
Venture further afield to enjoy a day trip in the culturally rich city of Edinburgh. Just an hour’s drive from the hotel and brimming with iconic attractions, this enthralling city is an eclectic mix of the old and new where man-made and natural landmarks sit comfortably side-by-side. From the grandeur of the 17th century Palace of Holyroodhouse to the sweeping views offered from Arthur's Seat, the city’s prehistoric extinct volcano, Edinburgh has everything that you could need for an unforgettable day out.
After a day exploring this vibrant area, spend an evening with the hotel’s genial hosts and enjoy a glitzy programme of live entertainment. Vocals, instruments, cabaret and the occasional Scottish Piper keep guests entertained as they drink, dine and relax in the hotel’s charming surroundings.
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The hotel has 77 rooms split across four room types, offering different levels of facility. All rooms feature a comfy bed, television, en suite and tea and coffee making facilities as standard, with additional amenities in higher graded rooms, please click the individual room types below for more information. A number of rooms have step free access and a number are adapted for guests with disabilities, please ask about this when booking.
Bay Waverley Castle Hotel
Directions: From the Southwest via A7/707: When you reach the town of Selkirk turn left/ follow the road onto the A7, at the Kingsknowe Roundabout turn onto the A6091 at the Melrose roundabout take the second exit straight onto the B6360, then take the second left into the hotel.
From elsewhere, from the A68: At the Ravenswood Roundabout turn onto the A6091 towards Galasheils. At the Melrose roundabout take the third exit right onto the B6360, then take the second left into the hotel.The Waverley Castle Hotel has convenient car parking in front of the hotel.
The famous Abbotsford House, once home to Sir Walter Scott, is a must-see if you're visiting Melrose. Built almost 200 years ago on the banks of the River Tweed, the house offers guests the opportunity to see some of the amazing items which inspired Sir Walter Scott to write his many novels, poems and Scottish literature. The ever-changing exhibits at Abbotsford give both tourists and enthusiasts a reason to return and enjoy this historic building time and time again.
On the Scottish borders lies Harmony Garden, a stunningly beautiful landscape of vibrant colours, manicured lawns and fruit and vegetable beds. Visit this wonderful display in springtime to see everything in full bloom and take advantage of what the garden has to offer at one of the best times of the year; or return in June for the Borders Book Festival with four fun-filled days of discussions, talks, comedy, live music and hospitality.
The Heritage Centre boasts illustrated panels and modern artefacts, along with a large collection of fantastic aerial photographs. You'll also find a great selection of local art, together with intricate models and detailed maps. Take a ride on the Newstead Charger or explore some of the authentic rooms, like the blacksmith's workshop. Venture through into the Roman kitchen to see the amazing pottery, and watch the Roman Frontiers film of Hadrian's and Antonine's Walls.
Sitting high on its great rock, Edinburgh Castle has been home to many Kings and Queens over hundreds of years of history. There are plenty of fascinating areas to visit within the castle from the Great Hall and St Margaret's Chapel to the famous 'Stone of Destiny', which resides in the Crown Room and has been used in coronation ceremonies since the 13th century. Other famous attractions include the Mons Meg, which is considered to be one of the greatest guns in medieval Europe. The castle also has gift shops and cafés where you can enjoy a drink or a bite to eat, and take home a souvenir of this amazing experience.
St Mary's Abbey is a former monastery of the Cistercian order situated in Melrose, on the Scottish borders. Dating back to 1136, it was founded by Cistercian monks at the request of King David I of Scotland. Melrose Abbey is famous for the legend that Robert the Bruce's heart was buried in the church soon after he died, and then taken on a crusade and brought back with the body of Lord Douglas in around 1330. Visit the Abbey to appreciate the stunning architecture and look out for the famous bagpipe-playing Melrose Pig.
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