Alastair Borthwick is best known for his accounts of living a life of adventure in the Scottish Highlands. He led a quiet life shaped by his youthful experiences and the War. This led to his life as a writer and broadcaster. His talent was an ability to expound upon the lives of people, and the conditions they lived under whether good or bad. His writings shared insights into the triumphs and failures of life. Alastair Borthwick was an excellent writer and broadcaster. He never sought gain or riches. His only desire was to share experiences with people willing to listen.
In his later years, Alastair Borthwick developed a love for hiking in the hills of Scotland. Hiking, at one time, was a pastime of the rich. Scotland citizens, pressing through challenging economic times and world upheavals, began hiking as a way to clear their minds. His writings sparked the attention of his country and the world. In a way, it helped to make people think of Scotland as a tourist destination years later.
Alastair Borthwick spent quality time in the Highlands hiking and climbing. He was highly social and would stop and talk to anyone. These journeys of nature and solitude were the beginning of his literary career. Outdoor activities, at the time, were only applicable to those with wealth. That might sound strange to anyone today, but it was how things were at the time. Borthwick wrote and kept the common citizen in mind. The cumulation of his writings resulted in his books “Sans Peur,” and “Always a Little Further.”
Sans Peur was later released with the title Battalion. It told the story of a British infantry unit from 1942 to 1945. It was an outstanding account of what war and battle is like although his writings never saw a large run in print at the time. His other book, “Always a Little Further, was the one that chronicled his journey hiking in the Scottish Highlands. While hiking, on the crag, a person cannot worry and sweat at the same time. The hiker’s brain can only appreciate the beauty of the mountains when it is free of distraction. His writing skills took individuals to places they might never travel, and the world is a better place because of his writings.