How The Free-Spirited Alastair Borthwick Became A Scottish Legend

Before becoming the celebrated personality that he became, Alastair

Borthwick had to begin from very humble beginnings. Born in Rutherglen in

1913, Mr. Borthwick not only developed a passion for journalism but also

made a career out of it at a tender age of 16. he first had a stint as a

columnist with Evening Times. After that, he moved to the Glasgow Herald.

Unfortunately, his career was cut short because of the second world war.

His experience in the frontline made him develop a hatred for the violence.

And so as soon as the second world war came to an end, Mr. Borthwick came

back home with a new set of milestones to crush.

He decided to branch out from journalism and venture into writing for radio

and TV productions – a bold move that would eventually turn him into a

legend that is celebrated to this very day. With his incredibly polished

penmanship, it became very easy for him to make an impression. He rose

through the ranks pretty quickly and his talents were not only noticed but

appreciated fully.

By the early sixties, his name was already etched in the proverbial stones

of TV production. For starters, he had managed to write and produce well

over 150 TV programs. Some of the most successful titles included

Spellbinders, The Scottish Soldier, Master-Builders, and Inventors just to

mention a few.

Alastair Borthwick wasn’t really a big fan of school. He preferred going

out and having a good time with his friends. It was believed that his

adventurous nature was what made him the timeless author that he became.

Away from writing and directing, Mr. Borthwick also fell in love with

hiking, which seemed to appeal to his adventurous side.

Over the weekends, he would take some time off the office work and in the

company of some locals, he would do some hillwalking.

What made him fall in love with doing so was because it was both healthy as

well as beautiful. By 1939, Mr. Borthwick authored and published “Always A

Little Further” which gave the public an insiders view of hiking as a

possible pastime. This publication encouraged many Scottish people to come

out and enjoy hiking, which at the time was considered a part-time for the

wealthy.