Controversial Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump will fly into Scotland next month and straight into a barrage of protesters at his Ayrshire golf course.

The outspoken billionaire is to attend the lavish official re-opening of his refurbished Turnberry development.

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But he is expected to face a string of protests over comments he has made including that women should be punished for having abortions and a ban on Muslims entering America.

The son of a Scottish mother, he has also triggered outrage by calling for Mexico to pay for a wall on its border to prevent immigrants crossing into the US.

Campaigners are planning to disrupt his visit, which has been timed to coincide with the re-opening of Trump Turnberry after a £200 million refurbishment.

Jonathon Shafi, from left-wing alliance Rise, who organised an occupation of Trump hotels earlier this year, said: “There will be a protest.

“The possibility of a Trump presidency is important for the world, not just for America."

He added: “Everywhere he goes he should be protested and these demonstrations should feature a broad coalition of everyone who is concerned about what a Trump presidency might mean - climate change activists, those interested in human rights, trade unionists, and anti-racism campaigners, to name just a few."

He added that Mr Trump was "not part of a political party but rather of a radical right-wing insurgency" and was not fit to be President.

That view was echoed by Patrick Harvie, the Green MSP, who said that Mr Trump was "not fit for the office he is seeking".

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He added: "It's tempting to wait til he gets to Turnberry then build a wall round it and send him the bill."


It is expected that the visit by the Republican candidate will lead to a high degree of security around the golf course.

Earlier this year police were called to Trump's Aberdeenshire golf resort following a protest.

His visit to Scotland is the talk of Westminster amid speculation he could try to meet David Cameron on the same trip.

Yesterday (FRI) the Prime Minister congratulated the New York tycoon on what he said was the “extraordinary marathon” that led to him securing the Republican Presidential nomination.

But he stopped short of congratulating Mr Trump himself

And he would not be drawn on previous remarks that a Trump visit to the UK “would unite us all against him”, saying he would be willing to meet Trump if he came to the UK.

Earlier this year Mr Cameron condemned Mr Trump's comments about Muslims as "stupid, divisive and wrong".

At the time, however, Mr Trump still seemed an outsider in the race for the Republican nomination.

On the prospect of a Trump visit, Mr Cameron said: "Sometimes these candidates choose to come through various European countries in the run-up to US elections. I don't know whether this will happen this time. No dates are fixed.

"But I'm always happy to meet people on that basis and I've met other candidates before."

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Earlier this week Alex Salmond said that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon would not meet Mr Trump.

Rise have claimed that Mr Trump, whose mother was from the Isle of Lewis., is damaging Scotland's international reputation.

The Turnberry hotel officially re-opens its doors next week, with a grand re-opening ceremony scheduled for the end of June.