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The Kagyu Samye Ling Run
Sun 15th May 2016
organised by Central Scotland

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The Kagyu Samye Ling Run

Sunday 15th May

Kagyu Samye Ling in the Scottish borders.

Many of us set off very early to arrive at Innerleithen car park. As everyone was early we decided to have a coffee [ some of us a yummy bacon roll] sitting outside the little café on the main street in the sunshine. We listened to poor Raymond and Marcia’s story of their puncture tyre and their decision to head home. After being fed and watered the six cars set off with Bobby and Richard at the back. The weather was lovely so hoods were down.

The first part of the run took us over to Mountbenger and Crosslee on the B709, this is where we met the MG car club. [They were not trained like our members as they did not keep together, causing us to stop in the passing places often. Not to worry they were all a pleasant bunch]We then were on the B711 past Alemoor then onto the A7 to Hawick. We then drove down the brilliant B6399 to Newcastleton on the English Border. After a quick toilet stop we were on our way again on the scenic single track road to Langholm. We then took the winding B709 past the Castle O’er Forest to the Old School Café Bistro which was the Community Hub. We had a lovely lunch there. We also met Bradley and his friend who came to meet and have lunch with us. Hope to see you both again in the near future.

It was only half a mile away from Kagyu Samye Ling situated on the edge of the Ettrick Forrest Park. [When we did the recee last week the Tibetan Tea Room was only doing a vegetarian rice dish, so we opted for the Bistro instead] Food organised first then the peace and tranquillity of the Monastery second.

As we parked the cars and walked to the Monastery we saw Nagarjuna, a fantastic statue of the Buddhist master in the lake with a snake rising above it. There were prayer flags at each side of the path leading up to the corridor of prayer wheels, the colourful cloutie tree and most impressive of all, the Tibetan temple. The monks were busy cleaning the Temple when we went in but soon was very peaceful. No service or chanting this visit but we enjoyed the grounds and of course the little shop.

The last leg of the run took us north on the B709 to St Marys Loch, turning of onto the scenic Megget and Talla reservoir road. These roads were so quiet. I think that everyone in the Borders were off to see the Flying Scotsman. The run ended at Lanark Loch where we said goodbye to Susan, Gill and Stewart.

The rest of us stayed and had a coffee and a laugh in the sunshine before saying our goodbyes to Bobby & Richard, Grant, Ed & Lorna. These roads are some of the best we have been on. Well done the Scottish Borders.

Report by: Maria


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15th May 2016 19:54 :: Bobbie & Richard
Thanks Maria and Jim for a great day. Fabulous roads,  just a pity there were so few cars. They don't know what they missed. Great company as usual.  Won't forget Maria's rabbit story in a hurry. Tganks again.

16th May 2016 15:15 :: Jim and Maria
Thank you to the members who made the run yesterday a great day out, glad that Raymond and Marcia got home safe after making the effort to drive to Innerleithen then having a puncture.

17th May 2016 21:02 :: Stewart
Thanks to Jim and Maria for organising the run with quiet roads and good weather as a bonus. Great lunch stop venue too.

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