Alastair Borthwick: The Man Who Was Always in Motion

Alastair Borthwick was a well-rounded journalist, war historian, and author. He will be remembered for his captivating book called “always a little further.” Besides writing, Alastair had many roles during world war II. His writing mainly focused on climbing and mountaineering on the Scottish Highlands. He also depicted the Second World War from a captain perspective. 


Alastair Borthwick spent his life in Europe and Sicily during the war. He served as an intelligence officer for 5th Seaforth Highlanders and 51st Highlands Division battalions. He is a writer well known for depicting events as they happened in the field. 


The giant author was born in Troon and moved to Glasgow when he was a teen. He completed his high school studies at a tender age of 16 years and became a copytaker. He served on the Evening Times and later moved to Glasgow Herald. He worked alongside other employees in the newspaper who were responding to readers through calls and answering their queries. It is in the press that Alastair developed love for mountaineering.


The book Always A Little Further is a collection of many pieces. The book changed how people viewed mountaineering as a sport. Earlier people viewed it as a rich man’s sport. The book depicted outdoor activities where people from different background participated. The publication led to a unique wave where people become more enthusiastic about hiking. The movement was triggered by the presence of unemployed men and women in Clydebank. Unemployed people decided to utilize their plenty of free time in the beautiful mountains. This was an insightful adventure that acted as a therapeutic approach to reduce stress. 


Alastair Borthwick spent time in the mountain during the weekends and slept on the rocks. Alastair had an awesome personality and made friends who were tramps and belly pickers. Alastair Borthwick was unique as he sounded more relaxed and friendly in an era when most radio voices sounded formal. He seemed to interact well with nature. 


After hostilities ceased, Alastair and his wife Anne, moved to Jura where they lived in a small cottage. At the place, he learned new activities such as fishing and crafting. He was a perfect example of a journeyman writer.

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