Always a little farther was not only the title of the book that made Alastair Borthwick a Scottish icon, it was also the way of life that he embraced. His adventures took him from the highest Scottish mountains to the frontlines of war. Alastair and his wife Anne saw many a mountain, vast shores, and cityscapes that took breath away. They lived a full life that was simple and peaceful.
Alastair Borthwick found his niche primarily in radio broadcasting. He started out after a simple on air interview about mountaineering. This turned into weekly broadcasts that held the BBC and it’s audience captive. As his career grew he realized the need to serve a greater purpose. This led to Alastair enlisting and joining the fight against the Germans in WWII.
In the military Alastair Borthwick quickly rose up through the ranks to attain the rank of Captain. He served in a number of units, but was primarily charged to the 51st Highland Division’s 5th Seafort Highlanders. He garnered significant experiences that ultimately gave reference to his second literary success.
His love of the outdoors and prowess in nature allowed Mr. Borthwick to lead units through rough terrain to gain advantage over enemies in war. He is once known as commenting that he knew all those days in the highlands would pay off. They certainly did as he and his unit were able to pass undetected to make camp behind the enemy.
Once WWII was over he decided to move with his wife to the Scottish shore. There they would enjoy the peace of nature without the disturbance of other people. It was there that Alastair and his wife Anne had their son. They would soon move away from the shore to a mountain farm.
Alastair died at the age of 90. He will always be remembered as a man that went as far as he could and then pushed himself one step farther. He became a Scottish icon and was well loved and respected by those who knew him. He was a very gifted, yet humble individual.