Zeki Basan is the founder and head Instructor of Highland Survival Skills. Based in the Scottish Highlands where he was born and raised, Zeki is passionate about wild places and has the opportunity to practice outdoor and traditional skills in every day life in his remote environment. He leads courses at his home base in the Cairngorms National Park, on Alladale Estate in Sutherland and in Torridon.

In order to extend his knowledge he goes on solo trips to spend time with indigenous peoples – the real masters of bushcraft – and he works with and learns from his mentor, Patrick McGlinchey of Backwoods Survival School. Together they run The Highlander course in the Cairngorms.

When Zeki is not teaching survival skills, he works as a winter Glacier Guide in Iceland, makes his own films as well as featuring in BBC documentaries, and operates as a tree surgeon in Scotland.

‘Highland Survival Skills aims to hold on to the ancient skills and craft that were once part of every day life and to this day can give us a greater understanding of the environment around us.’