Alastair Borthwick was born in Troon. When he was 16, he left school to be a copy taker for the Evening Times in Glasgow. Since there were few employees in the firm, he carried our various tasks.
He used to love mountaineering in the regions of Scotland during his free time. These experiences shaped his life a lot. He would write about his leisure activities in the newspaper. This was very entertaining for the readers. The unemployment rates in Scotland were high at the time. Therefore, many people also spend a lot of their time in the mountainous regions.
Alastair Borthwick got his big break when he went to work for BBC. He had this idea of getting a couple of minutes to talk about his adventures. The production manager at the time, James Fergusson, agreed to give him a 15-minute radio talk. This was a defining moment at the start of his broadcasting career. He focused on mountaineering subjects which fascinated him. His producer saw that Alastair had great passion when he spoke through the microphone in the studio. It was broadcasting came naturally for him. He filled a gap still new to most radio stations back then. He worked as a broadcaster for 61 years of his life.
During the world war, his knowledge and expertise in the mountainous regions came in handy. He was responsible for guiding the Highlanders troop through the regions. They navigated through without being caught by the Germans. He was ranked a captain. His hard work and resilience truly paid off during those times.
Alastair Borthwick was passionate about writing. Therefore, he put his life adventures and horrific encounters in a book. The book almost didn’t get published. Luckily, there was always someone who says the potential of Alastair. T.S Elliot was optimistic about the writing content and style of this author. Finally, he convinced the board to let him publish his book. The book became very successful to this day. The book, Always a little further recounted experiences in the Scottish hills. The characters and humor in the book made it come alive.