Greenock, on the west coast of Scotland, is where actor Martin Compston calls home. This is where he grew up, lived with his family for most of the year and invited his fellow Line Of Duty to experience for himself the magic of this former fishing port, about 25 miles northwest of Glasgow.
In the decade when Martin appeared in the BBC TV crime drama and played DI Steve Arnott in the AC-12 anti-corruption unit, he wanted to get close to the cast and let them experience the paddy field in Scotland.
He smiles proudly as he remembers the scene. “AC-12 came to Greenock and was able to take Vickie McClure to a place where she could see for miles. It’s a beautiful place.
Call of Duty: Martin Compston (left) and Phil McHugh (right) in Greenock at the end of a road trip across Scotland for the new Scottish Fling travel show
Martin and Vail course (a form of coastal jumping) on the Newdart Peninsula in the gallery (photo)
Adrenaline junkie Martin got a ‘real blast’ from steering while driving
Greenock was also featured as a final stop by Martin and co-presenter Phil McHugh on BBC 2’s travel show Scottish Fling.
Lifetime friends set off on road trips to discover “what makes our country today,” ending up on wild yachts instead of golf in St Andrews and the adrenaline-hungry Martin on the real Neudart Peninsula.
“I loved my time in New York and Los Angeles,” says Martin. My wife is from Vegas, but when you grow up and have a family, getting to know your friends means a lot.”
“I loved growing up in Greenock, we completed the series in a very private setting, overlooking the poetic sea, but only now are we so grateful and so passionate that on this journey we are getting to see our true itself will show. can do
Greenock flourished in shipbuilding in the last century and is now a hub for vessels.
“Tourism is a big industry in Greenock,” adds Phil. “All cruise passengers land on cruises and golf at Loch Lomond.”
Phil reveals that cruise passengers often land in Greenock for trips to Loch Lomond (above).
“I loved growing up in Greenock.
Martin as D. Steve Arnott in Line of Duty, with co-stars Vicki McClure (left) and Adrian Dunbar (right)
In Scottish Fling, the duo race from coast to coast through the highlands and islands, presenting Scotland as a modern, comfortable and fun place to visit.
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But it is the breathtaking scene that sometimes leaves these two chatty boys speechless.
“It’s a fun place to explore,” says Phil. “We were keen to put these places directly on the map, showcase our community and encourage our visitors.”
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Martin adds: “We did most of our driving in electric cars. There are more charging stations than you can imagine for those who want to rent an electric car, and getting on the road is much easier.”
The most enjoyable experience is watching the two dine leisurely with Loch Fine in Inver, Scotland’s only environmentally sustainable practice with a Michelin green star restaurant.
Formerly a cottage and boat shop in Crofter, it is now a two-bedroom on-site restaurant, offering modern twists on traditional and forgotten Scottish recipes using local, wild-grown ingredients to create dishes such as Sabayon seaweed.
The show shows the pair enjoying a leisurely meal by Loch Fyne in Inver, pictured here. It is the only restaurant in Scotland to receive a green Michelin star for its environmentally sustainable approach.
While Phil is shown shucking oysters like a pro, Martin is now thinking about his memory. Oysters don’t suit me. I loved it when I made Arbroath Smokey on my trip to Auchmithie Beach, but skin and bones just can’t do it.
When asked if the fried Mars bar is still on Scottish menus, Martin swings at the full animator.
“Nobody I know has eaten there before. No local has eaten at Fried Mars Bar before, and the chip shop owner laughs all the time.” Stop, to do it. “It’s so frustrating to think that people believe such things!”
Martin says he loved it when he had the chance to make Arbroath’s Smokey in Oakmisie Beach (pictured)
I get the point. elephant jump “There is no doubt that farm-to-table dining is thriving, even in cities like Edinburgh. I encourage visitors to try Tom Kitchen, a pioneer of Scottish cuisine.
Located on the waterfront in Leith, The Kitchen has a Michelin star and is all about contemporary Scottish cuisine.
“Tom is humble and likes good food, so on Sundays try The Scran And Scallie or The Bonnie Badger at the pub. His restaurant has rooms in Gullane and is very busy during the summer. We offer bougie barbecue menu for
Phil advises travelers to go to The Bonnie Badger, a restaurant with rooms in Gullane. It is run by Tom Kitchen, who describes himself as the “pioneer of the new Scottish kitchen”.
According to Phil, The Bonnie Badger serves a “very Bowie barbecue menu” during the summer months. Above is the guest room in the inn.
Fresh oysters at The Bonnie Badger
Martin, who is currently filming in Glasgow, said the area is thriving, adding: “There are great restaurants that didn’t exist 20 years ago, but they’re all independent and all Scottish-owned.
“We had the best steak at Chateau X by the young Scottish chef Nico Simeone.”
Phil says: I was in Edinburgh and had no idea what the Beltane Fire Festival was like on Calton Hill, but it is a pagan ritual inspired by the ancient Gaelic Beltane Festival, which celebrates the start of summer.
10,000 people is big. This is a great opportunity.
Martin nodded. “I fell in love with Scotland again,” he says. “They are people.”
Line of Fire: The Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh is a pagan ritual inspired by the ancient Gaelic Beltane Festival, which celebrates the start of summer. “It’s a great opportunity,” says Phil.