REVIEW – Day Trip to Samye Ling, Monastery

The Sam Ye Ling Tibetan Monastery  is nestled away in Dumfrieshire and is around two hours from Edinburgh by car. The drive is very scenic as you get out of the city and into the rolling hills of the Borders.

Sam Ye Ling Monastery

Sam Ye Ling Monastery

The monks within this monastery are very welcoming and drop in visiting hours are from 6am to 9pm every day, no booking required. However, should you wish to have a retreat of your own, you can book overnight accommodation (or longer) via their website. Guided tours are also bookable. I just love to wander around the grounds, speaking with anyone I come across.  Having travelled through Tibet, I can confirm that this place is very comparable to the real Tibetan places and it’s interesting speaking to monks who are now living in my homeland after I have visited theirs.

Tibetan Language

Tibetan Language

The weather is not always favourable in this part of the world, it can be very wet, but you can retreat inside the temple (please respect the rules such as removing shoes and no photography of meditating).  It can be fascinating to watch the monks and their daily rituals.

You can sit in the grounds near the new big stupa or reflect on life beside the pond there.

Reflection Pond

Reflection Pond

I often take a book and a packed lunch, but there is a shop and tibetan tea room, staffed by volunteers for small snacks and drinks.

It really is a complete break from the city life and a wonderful way to spend a day.

Tibetan Tea Rooms

Tibetan Tea Rooms

Suitable for disabled? Yes, the grounds are, but the Temples have stairs to enter them. Still worthwhile admiring their beauty from the outside.

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