Alastair Borthwick: The Life of a Legend

Alastair Borthwick was one of those people who lived life to the fullest and did not seek recognition for the amazing thing things he was able to achieve in his life. He was an author and a broadcaster whose stories touched many hearts and who would take his listeners and readers on great adventures using his stories. His family moved from his birthplace Rutherglen to Troon when he was still very young and then on to Glasgow where he attended Glasgow High School.

When he turned 16 he gave up school to work for a local tabloid newspaper called the Evening times. After leaving the Evening Times he went on to the to the Glasgow Herald where he worked as a copywriter. He would write down the information relayed by reporters via telephone. In no time getting his chance to write his own articles. It was while working at the Herald that he fell in love with the outdoor life. He had been editing the paper’s Open Air page and grew interested in the hiking and other outdoorsy activities.

Hiking and rock climbing was an activity that was reserved for the elite. He found it interesting that people living in Glasgow would take time on the weekend to walk and do some climbing and the activity was growing popular by the day. He, therefore, started climbing too in the Scottish Highlands and spend a lot of his leisure time this way. His book Always a Little Further came into being from his climbing activities.

It was a compilation of his articles for the Herald that T.S Eliot helped make into a book. In the book, Alastair Borthwick says that life outdoors was a great way to get away from the city and its worries as it is not possible to sweat and be worried at the same time. During WW2 he joined up and after the war ended he and his wife moved to Jura where their son Patrick was born. He then worked for the BBC as a broadcaster and later on as a TV program producer.

About Alastair Borthwick

Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen in the month of February of 1913 and attended Glasgow High School.

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