Former US President Donald Trump said yesterday it is "great to be home" as he arrived in Aberdeen on a visit to his Scottish golf properties.

It is Mr Trump's first visit to the UK since 2019 after leaving office.

He attended a ceremony to break ground on a new course at his Aberdeenshire resort, Trump International Scotland.

Mr Trump, whose mother is from Lewis, sparked a security operation on a 2018 Scottish visit with protests in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Mr Trump, who is running for the White House again in 2024, is visiting Scotland as a private individual.

The BBC says it is understood there is no requirement on the Scottish or UK governments to pay for special security.


The former president arrived at Aberdeen Airport at about 11:30am and was met by two pipers, a red carpet and a 10-vehicle motorcade.

He left the plane and greeted reporters as he walked to a waiting car, but did not stop to take questions.

Before getting into the vehicle, he said: "It's great to be home. This was the home of my mother."

His mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, was born in the Outer Hebrides before emigrating to the US.

Mr Trump said a "spectacular" second course on the Menie Estate at Balmedie in Aberdeenshire would be dedicated to her.

The former president cut a ceremonial red ribbon to mark the beginning of work on the MacLeod course,

New course

He said the new course would be fit to "host many great championships" in future.

Mr Trump added: "My mother was an incredible woman who loved Scotland. She returned here every year and she loved the Queen.

"I love Scotland just as much."

Mr Trump is expected to visit the Trump Turnberry course in Ayrshire today before travelling to his course in Doonbeg on Ireland's west coast.

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