Alastair Borthwick was an author, journalist, and broadcaster. He is mainly remembered because of his prowess as an author. In one of his books, he talked about Scotland and the beauty that the nation harbors. Alastair Borthwick was born and raised in Rutherglen. He also spent some time in Troon and Glasgow as a child. He got his first job at Glasgow Herald when he was 16 years old. Alastair Borthwick was promoted to different ranks, and he assumed different roles, such as being an editor. While working at Glasgow Herald, he also got to learn more about the climbing and hill-walking scene in Scotland.
Borthwick also got a job at the Daily Mirror in 1935. As a journalist, getting a job at the Daily Mirror was a significant achievement. The only issue is that the London lifestyle was not as appealing. As a result, Borthwick went back to Glasgow where BBC hired him and he was working as a radio correspondent.
Alastair Borthwick would focus on some of the outdoor activities in Scotland while writing a book known as “Always a Little Further.” The publishing firm was not sure about the approach that was used by Borthwick. Despite being termed as unconventional, the book was published, and it became one of the best-selling books about Scotland and the outdoor activities that take place in the region. Alastair Borthwick was commissioned to serve in World War II as an intelligence officer. Borthwick was actively involved in the war. After that, he composed a Battalion history that was published in 1994.
Alastair Borthwick then married his wife Ann in 1940. He was residing in Glasgow during that period, and he moved to Jura after the wedding ceremony. Borthwick was still working with BBC. Some of the activities that he enjoyed engaging in included fishing and crofting. He then moved to Islay in 1952. Eventually, he returned to Glasgow. Alastair Borthwick then ventured into the television industry in the 1960s. He would be actively involved in the production of different television programs that would last for half an hour. The programs would then be broadcasted on Grampian TV. He would focus on a variety of subjects while in the television industry.