Born and educated in Edinburgh and lived all his life in Scotland, Eric Begbie has travelled extensively in Europe and North America.
He began writing in 1970 with an "on spec" article in a home brewing magazine, giving his recipe and methods for Scottish India Pale Ale (IPA). Since then he has written over 2000 magazine articles and 8 books.
His particular interests are wildfowling (duck hunting), fly fishing, nature conservation, the countryside, photography and gundog training and he has been a member of the National Council of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation. He plays curling and bowls.