Alastair Borthwick: Introducing Hiking And Glaswegian Culture To The Populace


During the earlier part of the 20th Century, those living within urban settings were yearning to escape the hectic aspects of industrialism, in particular those that experienced the ravages of post WWI and the Great Depression. Many began to feel the need to get away and literally attempt to grab a breath of fresh air. Thus, the natural and expansive popularity of hiking as a logical option for those with the time, ability and resources.

Hiking was originally popular with Germans during the “Wandervogel”, or “folk movement” under the Wiemar Government that encouraged physical fitness and activities to help build a strong and vigorous people at one time. Following this, hiking’s popularity spread in kind among the Upper and Middle Class initially in Western Europe and the United States among industrialized nations in that era.

Alastair Borthwick, who lived from 1913 to 2004, and a Glasgow native, seemed to have sensed this among his own fellow Scots Highlanders overtime. Thus, he began to describe and illuminate the awesome and epic beauty of the Highlands to a vast audience with his notes and recordings within his book Always a Little Further. Readers were not only introduced to the attractions of hiking in the Highlands, but viewpoints from working class Glaswegians that he met along the way that could at times be quite humorous, which led to his ensuing career as a renowned broadcast journalist and radio announcer in the decades to follow that continued to feature the unique culture of the workingclass Glaswegians.

Thus, the name Alastair Borthwick remainds as much a landmark within the Highlands as any physical feature should one have the chance to visit. Some of these can be viewed here via the website:

So one should not be surprised if Borthwick’s name is heard in many a conversation among both the locals and the tourists as he remains a notable feature of Glasgow to this day.

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Bus Journey’s Across America Form The Basis Of The Work Of Doug Levitt


There is much to admire about the work of Doug Levitt as he has looked to address some of the most pressing social concerns in the U.S. through his “The Greyhound Diaries’ art project. The multimedia project can be found Online or viewed in person through one of the many live performances Doug embarks on as he continues his bus journey’s that allow him to interact with people on the hard lines of U.S. society battling to better their lives.


Doug Levitt has remained amazed at the range of people he has met on the more than 120,000 miles of bus trips he has taken after embarking on a short journey to find inspiration in 2004. ‘The Greyhound Diaries’ have become a passion for Doug Levitt who quickly saw the effects of the 2008 economic downturn long before they became clear to the public at large; Doug believes these issues can still be seen as the effects of the recession linger on for many seeking a better life and an escape from poverty.


Interviews with Doug Levitt reveal he has met people from all social and religious groups during his journeys by bus that form part of his project, he claims he has seen both the good and bad sides of the U.S. on his journey’s that have given him a glimpse of a world rarely reported on. The U.S. has a long history of musicians and authors heading out on road trips designed to provide inspiration for their art; Levitt believes his work can bring some reality to the many figures provided by the media and government agencies about the problem of poverty in the heart of the U.S.


After embarking on his career as an artist Doug Levitt has seen his work of ‘The Greyhound Diaries’ provide him with a wide range of live performance options; among the iconic venues Doug has performed at are the Woody Guthrie Center, The Kennedy Center, and the University of Southern California. The advocacy work Doug Levitt has now undertaken fighting against the rising levels of poverty in the U.S. has also seen him perform at homeless shelters throughout the nation.