“We simply open our doors and invite you in.”

We are a small family business - mother, daughter, son and DOGS!

We come together for some of the experiences but we also work independently of each other so you could, in fact, book a day with each of us – 3 days with one family – that is unique.

“When you’re happy, we’re happy!”

Ghillie Basan

“Most famous food gurus live a high life of Michelin-starred restaurants, champagne-drenched parties and the very best of urban living. Allow us to introduce an exception to that rule: the intrepid and rather remarkable Ghillie Basan”
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Ghillie is your chief host all year round.  An internationally acclaimed writer and broadcaster, she has converted a ruined croft into a home and raised her children there on her own.  It is a wild and beautiful landscape that is, at times, harsh and snowbound requiring tremendous resilience and organization as well as a three-mile ski to bring in supplies.

With her Cordon Bleu training and university degree in Social Anthropology, Ghillie has travelled extensively to research and write over 40 books on different culinary cultures. She is often dubbed the ‘Original Spice Girl’ in media circles and it is spices that she specializes in. With her flavour expertise, Ghillie has created global food pairings for whisky brands and it is this knowledge and skill that she brings to all her food and whisky experiences.

To find out more about Ghillie, her books, podcasts, cookery workshops and her holiday cottage, please go to her website: www.ghilliebasan.com and follow her on instagram @ghilliebasan

"Visitors from far and wide visit Ghillie’s stunning, remote Highland home to experience outstanding cookery classes and hospitality. Scotland is enormously lucky to have such a natural ambassador for the industry."
Fiona Richmond, Food and Drink Scotland

Yazzie Basan

Yazzie is the Founder and Leader of Wilderness Fit, a Level 3 Personal Trainer and an experienced BASI certified ski coach. In the winter, she coaches skiing in Switzerland and Canada and, in the summer, she runs Wilderness Fit Retreats throughout the Scottish Highlands as well as Wilderness Fit, Whisky & Food Experiences with her mum, Ghillie. With several years of experience as crew and cook on chartered yachts in the Mediterranean and cooking in shooting lodges in Scotland, Yazzie is also an accomplished host and chef and helps to host and cook for the guests of Spirit & Spice.

You can find out more about Yazzie’s business at www.yazbasan.co.uk and follow her on instagram @wildernessfit and @yazzie.baz


Zeki Basan

Zeki is the Founder and Head Instructor of Highland Survival Skills, leading courses at his home base in the Cairngorms National Park and throughout the Scottish Highlands, Norway and Greenland. He is a keen outdoorsman, film-maker, former Glacier Guide in Iceland and a LANTRA certified Tree Surgeon. He is particularly interested in the skills our ancestors used to live in nature and, in an attempt to hold on to traditions, he runs his own Day and Expedition Courses as well as the foraging and traditional skills side of Spirit & Spice for the Off the Beaten Track Experience.

You can find out more about Zeki on www.highlandsurvivalskills.com and follow him on instagram @zeki_basan_ and @caledonian_treesurgery

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