Donald Trump arrives in Scotland in first UK trip since 2019

As he faces legal troubles in New York, Donald Trump, the only US president in history to face criminal charges, arrived in Aberdeen for a getaway, ITV News' Peter Smith reports

Former US president Donald Trump has arrived in Scotland as he visits his golf courses in the country.

He landed in Aberdeen at around 11.30am on Monday morning, met by two pipers, a red carpet and 10-vehicle motorcade.

"It’s great to be home, this was my mother’s home," he told reporters before he was driven away.

He says he will be opening a “spectacular” second course at the controversial Menie Estate in the north-east of the country.

He will then head to his course in Doonbeg on Ireland’s west coast, following his time in Scotland.

Despite the visit, Mr Trump, who is running for the White House again in 2024 and is seen by many as the presumptive Republican nominee, said his campaign is “on my mind”, stressing that a victory for him would make America “greater than ever before”.

Donald Trump at Turnberry golf club in Scotland in 2018. Credit: AP

“Will be leaving for Scotland & Ireland soon in order to see and inspect my great properties there,” he wrote on Truth Social, the platform he owns.

“The golf courses and hotels are among the greatest in the world – Turnberry and Aberdeen, in Scotland, and Doonbeg, in Ireland.

“Will be meeting with many wonderful friends, and cutting a ribbon for a new and spectacular second course in Aberdeen.

“Very exciting despite the fact that it is ‘make America great again’ that is on my mind, in fact, America will be greater than ever before.”

Donald Trump's plane landed on Monday morning. Credit: PA

The tycoon’s trip to Scotland comes as he faces legal trouble in his native New York over his business practices.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of falsifying business records to hide damaging information ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Trump had previously spent two days at his Turnberry course while in office in 2018, meeting Theresa May and the Queen during the visit.

Asked last week if he will meet Mr Trump, who has made controversial statements about Muslims in the past, First Minister Humza Yousaf said: “I would find it difficult, I have to say, to meet with him without raising the significance of concerns I have of the remarks that he’s made in the past.”

Want a quick and expert briefing on the biggest news stories? Listen to our latest podcasts to find out What You Need To Know...