Opening of the Grounds from the 17th March

Dear Friends,

The Trustees of Rokpa Trust met recently and decided that as the Covid 19 situation is improving, it is now safe to continue re-opening Samye Ling.

Already the main temple has been open daily since November 2021, and from 17th March 2022 we will open the grounds – but not the café or shop – for day visitors.

We hope to gradually open for guests, though, with safety in mind, this will be gradual. On the weekend of 18th March, a small number of MSc students from Aberdeen University will stay over to participate in a Mindfulness course. If this goes well we would like to re-open our guest-booking system.

However, for the time being we will not be arranging courses and plan to reintroduce this slowly if or when it becomes clear that there is no risk to guests or to our residents.

You may know that we have used the lockdown to renovate some of our guest accommodation and this is not yet completed so we have some work still to do before we can offer the range of rooms that were available before. However, we hope that everyone will appreciate the improved facilities in the future.

We request that both guests and day visitors still take every precaution against possible Covid infection, especially to wear a face mask whenever possible, and we will do our best to offer face masks and hand sanitiser, insofar as we are able.

In accordance with the current guidance from the Scottish Government, guests staying overnight will be asked to take a lateral flow test three days prior to arrival and a second test on the day of arrival. For day visitors who are not using the facilities in the dining room area or Johnstone House, the requirement for lateral flow testing will not apply.

We look forward to welcoming you to Samye Ling and hope you will be happy to accept these safety precautions.

We also hope that there will be no need for future lockdowns!

With very best wishes from

The Samye Ling Management Team

Previous Update - 22 December 2020:

Although everyone had hoped that the Coronavirus pandemic would have subsided by now, sadly we are in the grip of another wave of infections. 

In view of this situation, the trustees of Rokpa Trust have decided that for the safety of everyone, Samye Ling and Samye Dzong centres should remain closed until we can be certain it is safe to open again.  

Now that vaccinations against the virus are becoming available, we will wait until all the residents of Samye Ling have been vaccinated.  Only then can we be sure that everyone, especially residents who are elderly or vulnerable, will be safe and fully protected against the virus.

We will let you know when it becomes possible for Samye Ling to reopen safely. 

Meantime we ask for your patience and understanding and wish that you all remain safe and well.

On behalf of the trustees,

Abbot Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche and Deputy Abbot Lama Katen


As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and the recent government recommendation to stop non-essential contact and unnecessary travel, Samye Ling car park, grounds and temple will close from 20th March 2020.

The car park, grounds & temple are closed to all guests and visitors and all courses and retreats are cancelled until further notice.

Only essential deliveries and essential services will be allowed access to Samye Ling.


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. You can also relax in the Tibetan Tea Rooms, which offers a wide variety of drinks, snacks and small meals, and you can visit our recently extended Shop, both of which are open daily.

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 and must make a booking.

Please see Guided Tours.

Staying Overnight

For overnight guests the accommodation includes single rooms, twin rooms, dormitories or camping spaces. Please book online at least 24hrs in advance. On arrival, please check in at reception after 1.30pm 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 see Guest Information.

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

To facilitate the smooth running of Samye Ling's administration, course participants who stay outside Samye Ling who wish to eat meals in the dining room, pay a flat rate of £10 per day for meals. To book meals whilst attending a course and not staying in Samye Ling accommodation, please use the online booking system and select the room type 'No Accommodation'.

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.

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Meditation means simple acceptance.
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Only the impossible is worth doing.
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