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Niall Harkiss


Rural communities reporter

Niall Harkiss is our rural communities reporter, mostly covering stories for the Northern Times, Ross-shire Journal and Strathspey and Badenoch Herald titles. An experienced writer and publisher covering sport and community news, Niall joined the company in 2021.

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Wester Ross eco-warrior (14) inspired to fight 'plastic tide' at Highland beach

20 May 2022
Wester Ross eco-warrior (14) inspired to fight 'plastic tide' at Highland beach

Wester Ross eco-warrior (14) inspired to fight 'plastic tide' at Highland beach

20 May 2022

The recent visit of a Highland MSP has inspired Fin to remove over 450 kg of marine litter at Scouriemore.


Highland campaigner urges public to 'Stop the Stare' during Face Equality Week

18 May 2022
Highland campaigner urges public to 'Stop the Stare' during Face Equality Week

Highland campaigner urges public to 'Stop the Stare' during Face Equality Week

18 May 2022

A campaigner from is calling upon people to think twice when it comes to staring and consider the impact.


Highland Council announce acquisition of new properties in Dornoch

17 May 2022
Highland Council announce acquisition of new properties in Dornoch

Highland Council announce acquisition of new properties in Dornoch

17 May 2022

Highland Council has confirmed that they have taken possession of 17 new properties in Dornoch.


Tain nursery kids are treated to visit from beekeeper

14 May 2022
Tain nursery kids are treated to visit from beekeeper

Tain nursery kids are treated to visit from beekeeper

14 May 2022

Beekeeper Martin Macdonald created quite a buzz when he visited youngsters at an Easter Ross nursery on May 4.


PICTURES: Photography competition showcases Sutherland's extraordinary wildlife as winners announced

13 May 2022
PICTURES: Photography competition showcases Sutherland's extraordinary wildlife as winners announced

PICTURES: Photography competition showcases Sutherland's extraordinary wildlife as winners announced

13 May 2022

The winners of a photography competition held in memory of a founding member of the North Sutherland Wildlife Group have been announced.


Reminder of wellbeing services for blind and partially sighted during Mental Health Awareness Week

09 May 2022
Reminder of wellbeing services for blind and partially sighted during Mental Health Awareness Week

Reminder of wellbeing services for blind and partially sighted during Mental Health Awareness Week

09 May 2022

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has offered a reminder of its range of wellbeing services


Nature fund award for Wester Ross project aiming to redevelop 'precious' green area

05 May 2022
Nature fund award for Wester Ross project aiming to redevelop 'precious' green area

Nature fund award for Wester Ross project aiming to redevelop 'precious' green area

05 May 2022

A community project in Wester Ross aiming to restore a 'precious' area of outdoor space has received a funding boost.


Teams unite in applause for Ullapool footballer Stefan

02 May 2022
Teams unite in applause for Ullapool footballer Stefan

Teams unite in applause for Ullapool footballer Stefan

02 May 2022

Players, coaches and supporters applauded in unison for Stefan's penalty kick


Lochbroom overcome Inver to book place in semi-finals of Stafford Cup

28 April 2022
Lochbroom overcome Inver to book place in semi-finals of Stafford Cup

Lochbroom overcome Inver to book place in semi-finals of Stafford Cup

28 April 2022

Lochbroom, Helmsdale United and Lairg Rovers booked their places in the semi-final of the Stafford Cup.


Easter Ross gun club aim to reconnect with community following purchase of land

24 April 2022
Easter Ross gun club aim to reconnect with community following purchase of land

Easter Ross gun club aim to reconnect with community following purchase of land

24 April 2022

The newly appointed committee of an Easter Ross rifle club hopes to attract new members on the back of a significant milestone.


Easter Ross youth football club hails community response to clubhouse vandalism shock

23 April 2022
Easter Ross youth football club hails community response to clubhouse vandalism shock

Easter Ross youth football club hails community response to clubhouse vandalism shock

23 April 2022

A youth football club in Easter Ross has praised its local community for its response to a "shocking" act of vandalism.


Easter Ross youth football club praise community response to clubhouse vandalism shock

23 April 2022
Easter Ross youth football club praise community response to clubhouse vandalism shock

Easter Ross youth football club praise community response to clubhouse vandalism shock

23 April 2022

A youth football club in Easter Ross has praised its local community for its response to a "shocking" act of vandalism.


WATCH: Walking football off and running in Easter Ross with formation of new club

22 April 2022
WATCH: Walking football off and running in Easter Ross with formation of new club

WATCH: Walking football off and running in Easter Ross with formation of new club

22 April 2022

Walking football is officially up and running in Easter Ross with the formation of a new club in Tain.


Unplanned SSEN outage leaves homes in Fearn and Balintore without power

21 April 2022
Unplanned SSEN outage leaves homes in Fearn and Balintore without power

Unplanned SSEN outage leaves homes in Fearn and Balintore without power

21 April 2022

Power outages have been reported in the Easter Ross areas of Fearn and Balintore.


Fire service warns of extreme wildfire risk ahead of warm temperatures and wind this weekend

21 April 2022
Fire service warns of extreme wildfire risk ahead of warm temperatures and wind this weekend

Fire service warns of extreme wildfire risk ahead of warm temperatures and wind this weekend

21 April 2022

Fire chiefs are urging people across the north of Scotland to take the utmost care amidst an "extreme" risk of wildfires over the next few days.


Easter Ross vets answer appeals from Ukraine animal charity

21 April 2022
Easter Ross vets answer appeals from Ukraine animal charity

Easter Ross vets answer appeals from Ukraine animal charity

21 April 2022

Vets in Easter Ross have responded to calls seeking essential items for Ukrainian animal treatment centres.


Forestry asset transfer scheme invite applications to join evaluation panel

19 April 2022
Forestry asset transfer scheme invite applications to join evaluation panel

Forestry asset transfer scheme invite applications to join evaluation panel

19 April 2022

People in Easter Ross and across Scotland are being invited to apply to join the panel of a scheme designed to promote better use of community land.


WATCH: Premiere of new film documenting last cast of Easter Ross salmon fishing family

15 April 2022
WATCH: Premiere of new film documenting last cast of Easter Ross salmon fishing family

WATCH: Premiere of new film documenting last cast of Easter Ross salmon fishing family

15 April 2022

A capacity crowd gathered for the premiere of a new film documenting the closing of a chapter in the history of Scottish salmon fishing.


Easter Ross villages to benefit from new mobile Post Office service

15 April 2022
Easter Ross villages to benefit from new mobile Post Office service

Easter Ross villages to benefit from new mobile Post Office service

15 April 2022

Easter Ross villages Evanton, Ardross, Conon Bridge and Munlochy are among ten communities to benefit from a new mobile Post Office.


Easter Ross charity shop set to close its doors due to 'insufficient income'

13 April 2022
Easter Ross charity shop set to close its doors due to 'insufficient income'

Easter Ross charity shop set to close its doors due to 'insufficient income'

13 April 2022

A charity shop in Tain will close its doors at the end of April having been unable to source the necessary income to continue.


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