Scottish Buddhist Monastery

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Scottish Tibetan Monastery, Esk, Eskdalemuir, Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway, Samye Ling

Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery in Scotland

Scottish Buddhist Monastery

Yes, there really is a Scottish Buddhist Monastery in Scotland and a very fine one too!

Scottish Buddhist Monastery, Scotland, Samye Ling, Buddhism

Exquisitely decorated temple interiors

Having visited a few in Nepal and Sikkim I was sceptical when friends suggested a visit to the Samye Ling Buddhist Monastery near Eskdalemuir. This turned out to be a fascinating morning. I visited in July 2018 and I would strongly recommend it to you. The buildings and icons looked radiant in spite of the showery grey weather. Low rolling green hills and forests surround this Tibetan centre. It nestles beside the river Esk and, although the scenery is definitely of lowland Scotland, it doesn’t in anyway look out of place.


Founded in 1967 by Samye Ling, this centre of Buddhist worship and learning is also a place to spend days or even weeks in mediation.


Scottish Tibetan Monastery, Eskdalemuir, Scotland, Buddhism

An example of the many icons throughout the gardens

There is a bit of a garden at the Scottish Buddhist Monastery but in many ways that’s work in progress. The somewhat wild looking garden was primarily cultivated to provide food for the monks, residents and guests. It was lovely to see the river Esk flowing strongly through the grounds.


Venturing inside the buildings was a distinct highlight of our visit. No expense is spared in decorating these magnificent temples! Mind you they don’t look too shabby on the outside either.

Juniper, tree, Scottish Tibetan Monastery, Scotland

Juniper tree festooned with prayer ribbons


The garden is full of Buddhists icons and it was nice to see so many prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. Some were tied to an apple tree and others to a large juniper tree.

This is a very visual as well as spiritual place to visit and so I’ll let the images do the talking.




Stupa, Scottish Tibetan Monastery, Scotland, Eskdalemuir, Buddhism

Magnificent Stupa

If you want a bit of peace and quiet and have time to sit and just let your mind drift then this is a visit for you.


Buddha, Scottish Buddhist Monastery, Scotland, Eskdalemuir, Dumfries and Galloway

Seated Buddha


Have you ever visited this Scottish Buddhist Monastery and was it a surprise to you?


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