When the world mentions the name Alastair Borthwick, two classic books come to mind. His first success was a book called A Little Further. This was about a life of carefree living in the Scottish Highlands. His second literary work of success is Sans Peur, which placed focus on the remaining years of World War II. However, it was his second book that won him acclaim and attention from those who love the outdoors.
Highwalking and climbing were his dual loves. This laid the foundation for his articles and writings about the people from Glasgow and Clydebank who love to adventure into the Highlands on weekends. He honed his writing skills at the Glasgow Herald newspaper.
As per wikivisually.com, working at the Glasgow Herald allowed him to amass a number of articles that would later find their way into his book, Always a Little Further. Of course, the book’s publishers thought that highwalking and climbing might not go over well with the public because they considered it to be a rich man’s sport. As such, the book remains one of the best written about Scotland outdoor activity.
Borthwick became an intelligence office during World War II and moved to Glasgow with his wife in 1940. There, he combined his love for crofting and fishing. Of course, he earned his income from broadcasting. His book Life Among the Scots is available here.
His writings about the outdoors of Scotland helped to give him great acclaim and put Scotland on the map with respect to the camping life, walking, and climbing. He placed a great deal of focus on the outdoor activities of the working class as well. This largely helped the world become more aware of Scotland pastimes.
Scotland offers numerous highwalking tours. These are tours where hikers can let their imaginations run free. They experience the country’s rugged coastlines, magical lochs, mystical moors, and remote villages that speak of the past. Most of this type of tourism may be partially the result of Borthwick and his writings. His writings and life made a difference. Read Alastair’s biography here.