Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen but later moved to Glasgow where he started his high school education. At his teen-hood, Alastair Borthwick decoded to earn money. He joined Glasgow evening times where he delivered newspapers to the customers. With time and determination Alastair upgraded by joining the Glasgow Weekly times. At Glasgow Herald, Alastair began as the phone respondent, but his ambition contributed to his promotion. At this time Glasgow had only five employees hence there was high demand for more employees. At Glasgow Weekly Alastair Borthwick gained more experience he was involved in editing films for various editors he also wrote many articles on both women and children. Alastair gave his best in any job he was assigned with; the management team added him the task of compiling various crossword puzzles.
Early 1930s Alastair Borthwick became part of the London Daily mirror which had a short lifespan leaving Alastair jobless. According to Borthwick, this was a good thing as it paved the way for his next line in a career that was better than the previous one. Alastair decided to join the Media industry. He secured a job at BBC media group where he could write various scripts for various programs.
While working at Glasgow Herald Alastair had built a good relationship with the local investors who established the Scottish Hills movement. Alastair developed the interest in hiking activity that was gaining popularity very fast among the middle-class people. The movement had also contributed to the formation of youth associations. During the weekends Alastair could go hiking, sleep under rocks and live tough. Most of the hikers were unemployed hence had a lot of free time. The people decided to hike as a way of reducing their stress; they believed that one could not sweat and be stressed at the same time.
Alastair decided to record this nature experiences in a book Always A Little Further. This book was published in 1939 with the help of Eliot who was a director at that time. The book was a hit since Alastair used a unique style where he used imaginary characters and vivid descriptions.