DONALD Trump will spend most of next week's visit to the UK in Scotland, well away from a mass protest planned for London.

But Scottish politicians pledged to help swell demonstrations planned for Glasgow and Edinburgh against the US President, branded a "misogynist," a "racist" and a "vile xenophobe".

It looks likely Mr Trump will not meet Nicola Sturgeon with a Scottish Government source suggesting that there was “no meeting scheduled as things stand” with the First Minister.

Mr Trump will use his weekend trip to Scotland as down-time between official meetings with Theresa May next Friday and his summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Helsinki the following Monday.

He is expected to spend most of it, playing golf at his family’s courses at Turnberry in Ayrshire and Menie in Aberdeenshire.

His stay in Scotland, from Friday night through to Sunday, was described by Downing St as a “private element of the official visit”.

The whole four-day trip is being run by the UK Government but No 10 made it clear the PM would not be venturing north of the border. It is expected UK Government ministers will be in attendance at any, as yet, undisclosed events but a presidential face-to-face meeting with the First Minister does not appear to be on the cards.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “President Trump is coming to the UK at the invitation of the UK Government. However, the Scottish Government has been planning for some time with key partners, including Police Scotland, for the possibility of the President’s itinerary including a visit to Scotland.

“Scotland has deep and longstanding ties of family, friendship and business with the United States, which will continue to endure.

“At the same time, we will not compromise our fundamental values of equality, diversity, and human rights and we expect these values to be made clear during the presidential visit to the UK. We would encourage those attending any protests to do so peacefully and safely,” he added.

Earlier today, Ms Sturgeon poked fun at Mr Trump. Speaking at FutureFest conference in London’s Docklands, she took him to task over climate change albeit not mentioning him by name.

The FM said: "A few years ago you might have heard of these turbines because a famous golf course owner from America, who has now turned his hand to politics, decided to take the Scottish Government to court to try to block these wind turbines because he thought they spoiled the view from his new golf course.

"I'm very pleased to tell you today the Scottish Government beat that American golf course owner in court.”

The US President, who arrives with First Lady Melania, next Thursday afternoon, is expected to make just one visit to London; a sleepover that evening at the US ambassador’s residence in Regent’s Park.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to turn out for protests against Mr Trump’s visit with the main ones planned for London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. It is expected to be the largest demonstration against a visiting head of state the UK has ever seen.

Richard Leonard, the Scottish Labour leader, said: “The sight of mothers separated from babies and children caged like animals has horrified people across the globe. We should not be welcoming the man responsible.

“It is my view, and that of the Scottish Labour Party, that someone who holds such misogynist, racist and anti-trade union views, not to mention his dangerous approach to foreign policy, and someone who rejects the Paris Climate Change Agreement, should not be given the ‘red carpet’ treatment.

“That is why Scottish Labour is helping to lead the Scotland United Against Trump campaign to ensure there is a mass protest against Donald Trump next week, with events in Glasgow and Edinburgh," he added.

Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Greens co-convener, said: “Donald Trump has not been invited to Scotland and even if he sticks to Turnberry or Menie there will be huge protests in our biggest cities that will send a message loud and clear.

“Greens will be proud to take part in events in Glasgow and Edinburgh next Friday and Saturday to tell this vile xenophobe that he and his climate denial, his bullying attitude and his racist and sexist politics are not welcome here,” added the MSP.

No 10 denied there was any specific policy to keep the President out of London. “We are looking forward to making sure he has a chance to see and experience the UK beyond London and the South East,” said a spokeswoman.

She added: "As with any protest, we are a free and open democracy and we believe in the right to peaceful protest. But I would also say the majority of British people understand the importance of the UK-US alliance.

"The presidential visit is an important moment to recognise our close and special relationship and to have good and frank discussions on the key issues."

It seems unlikely Mr Trump will come close enough to Westminster to see a "Trump baby" blimp, which protesters plan to fly over the Houses of Parliament after receiving permission for the stunt from London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

The main political event will be a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister at her country retreat of Chequers in Buckinghamshire rather than at No 10. Mrs May’s deputy spokeswoman explained: “Look, prime ministers frequently make use of Chequers for meetings with foreign leaders. It offers a more informal setting for important bilat discussions.”

She pointed out how Richard Nixon as well as George H and George W Bush visited Chequers in the past and more recently the PM held talks there with France’s Emmanuel Macron.

Mr Trump will arrive in the UK on board Air Force One next Thursday afternoon, straight from the Nato summit in Brussels where he is expected to confront European allies over levels of defence spending.

The President and his wife Melania will then be guests of honour at a black-tie dinner for around 100 guests in the spectacular setting of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

The monumental 18th-century country house, built for the first Duke of Marlborough as a reward for his military victories, was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, a personal hero of Mr Trump.

The event will begin with a military ceremony in the Great Court of the Palace, where the bands of the Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards will play the Liberty Fanfare, Amazing Grace, and the National Emblem, a traditional American tune.

Hosted by the PM, guests at the dinner will include leaders of UK business sectors including financial services, travel, creative industries, food and drink, engineering, tech, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and defence. Ministers, as yet unnamed, will also attend.

Downing Street said the dinner was intended to "celebrate the strong business links between our two countries" at a time when the UK is hoping to strike a free trade deal with the US following Brexit.

During dinner, the Countess of Wessex's Orchestra will perform a series of classic British and American music hits. And on his departure, Mr and Mrs Trump will be "piped out" by the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The President and his wife will spend Friday night at the highly secured US Ambassador's residence of Winfield House in Regent's Park. The 1930s mansion is set within a large garden - second only to Buckingham Palace in the capital - with tight security to keep any protesters at bay.

But it is possible that the President may be able to hear not only noise from any demonstrations on the streets outside but also the call to prayer from the Central Mosque next door and the growls of lions and tigers at nearby London Zoo.

On Saturday, Mrs May and Mr Trump will visit an unnamed defence site to view a demonstration of UK military capabilities, with a strong stress on integrated UK-US military training.

The Downing Street spokeswoman said: "In every aspect of our relationship, we are seeking to deepen our special relationship and defence is one of those, and security.

"Our armed forces have fought together for over a century and no two countries work closer together in defence co-operation and that element of the visit is a reflection of that."

They will then move on to Chequers for a working lunch and bilateral talks on a range of international issues, followed by a press conference.

Mr Trump will then rejoin Melania, who is being hosted by Mrs May's husband Philip on a separate schedule that morning, for their visit to meet the Queen at Windsor.

The President and First Lady will fly on Friday evening to Scotland.

Further details on their schedule north of the border are not yet available but it is understood that there will be limited Government involvement in a private element of the official visit. There will be no visit to Stornoway, where Mr Trump’s late mother Mary came from.

It is not yet known if the Trumps will stay overnight on Sunday in Scotland. The President is expected to move on to Finland ahead of his keenly-awaited summit with Mr Putin in Helsinki on Monday week.