Getting Here

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. See details of bus and taxi services below.

By Car or Coach Tours

If you are arriving by coach please advise the driver not to drive through Sibbaldbie because the road is narrow and there is a sharp turn over a narrow bridge which most coaches cannot navigate; therefore they have to reverse over a mile to get out, and this often results in damage. Instead please use the following route:

Leave the motorway at J17, and from the South turn right over the motorway bridge, while from the North turn left, and proceed down to the roundabout.

Turn left at the roundabout.

Follow the road until you see an overhead bridge with a saw mill, large white buildings and chimney stack on the right, and then turn right just before the bridge onto a short slip road up to a T junction.

Turn right at the T junction and follow that road for approximately 15 miles through to Eskdalemuir and Samye Ling.

Please take special care on this road as there are some nasty potholes.

By Air

Travel to either Edinburgh or Glasgow Airports. For Edinburgh Airport, take the airport bus or tram to Edinburgh Waverley Station and take a train to Lockerbie. For Glasgow International Airport, take the airport bus to Glasgow Central Train station and take a train to Lockerbie. 

By Rail

Take the train to Lockerbie. If the train does not stop at Lockerbie the next best option is Carlisle. There are rail and bus connections between Carlisle and Lockerbie. For train timetables phone 08457 48 49 50, or click on: See below for travel between Lockerbie and Samye Ling.

By Coach

Coaches run from Victoria Coach Station in London to Carlisle and Lockerbie. For details of these services phone National Express on 08717 818178, or click on:

From Lockerbie or Langholm to Samye Ling

By Bus

Bus service no. 112 runs between Lockerbie and Samye Ling, Mon-Sat Lockerbie Timetable

Bus service no. 124 runs between Langholm and Samye Ling, Mon-Sat. Langholm Timetable

There are bus stops in Lockerbie at the bridge near the station (B7068), at the traffic lights by the church in the High St. and from the Tesco supermarket, beside the cash machine.

The buses stop and pick up outside the main gate of Samye Ling by the Stupa & Butterlamp house.

By Taxi

There are a few taxis operating from Lockerbie, but you are advised to book in advance to save waiting around. Expect to pay around £30 for a one way trip.

  • P.A Taxis 0759 164 8400

  • A C Taxis 0759 719 9357

For travel directions using Redplanet travel click here.

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