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Cookery Workshops


‘I first read about Ghillie in 2007 whilst flying 30,00ft above Karachi. Being Scottish myself and having a love of cooking I was intrigued to read about a woman who lived in the Highlands and ran cookery workshops. When I arrived at my destination I was pleasantly surprised to find a copy of Ghillie’s Vietnamese in the kitchen of my friend’s house in Hanoi, Vietnam. Fast forward 9 years and I find myself in Ghillie’s kitchen enjoying a birthday gift of a Mezze and Tagine workshop ……. Thanks for such a fabulous day, it was well worth the wait.’’
Deirdre Everett , Edinburgh


Strip back to the traditional ways of cooking for the ultimate flavour and authentic taste – no electrical gadgets, blow torches, and precise measurements, just sharp knives, mortar and pestles, and lots of chopping, pounding, tasting, laughter and good banter.

Book a Day Workshop with your partner, family member, or a couple of friends. Or, book a Residential Workshop and stay for two nights in Ghillie’s cottage. Are you thinking of a romantic break? A catch-up with a few old friends? A hen party? An office outing? Or, do you just need to get away from it all for a little inspiration and a change of scene? You could book a week’s holiday in Ghillie’s cottage and request a Day Workshop while you are there. The workshops are unique and tailored to you and your wishes. Vouchers and leaflets are available for gifts and anniversaries.


“So much more than a workshop. Such a privilege and a pleasure to share Ghillie’s enthusiasm and knowledge of Middle Eastern cuisine and to get a glimpse into the energy and courage required in bringing this experience to such a remote and beautiful part of Scotland.”
Robin and Heather Fulton, Edinburgh

Bespoke workshops

Mad about Mezze
(A feast of traditional, colourful and healthy Turkish and Middle Eastern mezze) 

Mezze, Tagines, Couscous
(Middle Eastern mezze, Moroccan tagines and couscous)

Spice Safari
(A journey around the spice empires, stories of the spice trade, and a selection of spice pastes and dishes from different parts of the world eg. Turkey, the Middle East, North and East Africa, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Caribbean)

African Food Safari
(Looking at the influences and dishes from the different regions of Africa)

Veggie & Vegan
(Exploring new ideas for vegetarian and vegan diets drawing from different cultures)

Spice and Bush cooking with Ancestral Skills (for groups only)
(Foraging, natural fire-lighting, traditional spice pastes and outdoor cooking)


“What a feast! At the end of the road Ghillie greets you with a warm smile. And it’s straight into cooking. After a couple of hours an amazing feast is ready. Sitting on the deck devouring our delights with a glass of wine and taking in the most amazing views across the glen, this is Paradise!”
Mary Brautigam, Amsterdam

“Despite growing up in Palestine, I was able to learn and pick up tips from Ghillie from around that region. Fantastic experience, would highly recommend this cooking course.” 
Amanda Nasser


Day Workshops:

£150.00 per person (minimum of 2 people* – reduced rate for 4 or more)

The price includes a bottle of wine and all the food, which you can tuck into at the end and take home with you.

Residential Workshops:

£240.00 per person (reduced rate for 3 people)

The price includes a Day Workshop with 2 nights in Ghillie’s self-catering cottage.

Pricing for groups and for whisky tasting vary according to numbers and requirements

To book a workshop, please use the Contact page to get in touch with Ghillie.


* Solo Workshops can be arranged but, due to the costs of running a workshop, the price is the same as 2 people