Samye Ling grounds and main temple are open for day visitors all year round and entry is free of charge. 

During the winter months, the Tibetan Tea Rooms may be closed, however visitors are welcome to make themselves a cup of tea in Johnstone House.  If you're visiting with a large group, let us know so we can make arrangements for you. 

The Samye Ling shop has reduced hours in winter but if it's closed when you visit, just let Reception know and if possible we'll open it for you (between 9am and 4pm).

Our weekend courses continue to run all year round. Please click here to see upcoming courses and if you are interested in staying overnight please send an email to

We request that both guests and day visitors still take every precaution against possible Covid infection.


Samye Ling is situated in Eskdalemuir in South West Scotland, 15 miles from Lockerbie. We are 2 hours drive from both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports and there is a rail link to Lockerbie from all major British towns and cities. Once you arrive in Lockerbie there is a bus and taxi service to Eskdalemuir. For more information see Getting Here. 

Day Visitors

Day visitors are welcome to visit Samye Ling, no charge, all year round. You can visit the temple, which is open daily from 6am until 9pm, and you are free to stroll around our peace garden and grounds at any time of the day.

Group Visits

Groups wishing to visit Samye Ling for educational reasons, such as schools, universities or other groups, must reserve a guided tour.  We regret that groups may not bring their own guide or conduct their own tour and must make a booking.

Please see Guided Tours.

Staying Overnight

For overnight guests the accommodation includes single rooms, twin rooms, or dormitories. Please book by email to at least 24hrs in advance.

On arrival, please check in at Reception after 3.30pm to receive your room keys and guest information. For arrivals after Reception has closed, information will be posted on the Reception door. Check out time is 11am on the day of departure. For more information please see Guest Information.

We regret we are currently unable to accommodate children under 16 or pets overnight. Please click here for independent local self-catering and B&B accommodation.

Meals for non-residents

To facilitate the smooth running of Samye Ling's administration, anyone staying outside of Samye Ling who wishes to eat meals in the dining room, pays a flat rate of £22 per day for meals. To book meals whilst not staying in Samye Ling accommodation, please send an email to

For All Visitors

Please note that smoking (including electronic cigarettes), alcohol and unprescribed drugs are not allowed on the premises. We also request that, in order to protect the many small wild animals here, you do not bring pets when visiting.

The Buddhist principle is to be everybody's friend, not to have any enemy.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Meditation means simple acceptance.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Only the impossible is worth doing.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Whenever we see something which could be done to bring benefit to others, no matter how small, we should do it.
Chamgon Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Freedom is not something you look for outside of yourself. Freedom is within you.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Hasten slowly, you will soon arrive.
Jetsun Milarepa
It doesn’t matter whatever comes, stop judging and it won’t bother you.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Whatever obstacles arise, if you deal with them through kindness without trying to escape then you have real freedom.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
To tame ourselves is the only way we can change and improve the world.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Strive always to be as kind, gentle and caring as possible towards all forms of sentient life.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Every sentient being is equal to the Buddha.
Chamgon Kentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Wherever and whenever we can, we should develop compassion at once.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place, will help awaken our compassion.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche