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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.

Niall Harkiss

MSP Ariane Burgess hails ‘transformative’ impact of free bus travel for young people in the Highlands

26 May 2024
MSP Ariane Burgess hails ‘transformative’ impact of free bus travel for young people in the Highlands

MSP Ariane Burgess hails ‘transformative’ impact of free bus travel for young people in the Highlands

26 May 2024

Over 20,000 people under the age of 22 who have signed up for the free pass so far.


Dingwall Academy’s ‘Hampden Heroes’ set to reunite 30 years after schools’ shield triumph

23 May 2024
Dingwall Academy’s ‘Hampden Heroes’ set to reunite 30 years after schools’ shield triumph

Dingwall Academy’s ‘Hampden Heroes’ set to reunite 30 years after schools’ shield triumph

23 May 2024

Dingwall Academy lifted the under-18 Scottish Schools’ Shield for the first time in 1994.


‘We were devastating’ — Lochbroom boss Bruce lauds young side after long awaited home win

22 May 2024
‘We were devastating’ — Lochbroom boss Bruce lauds young side after long awaited home win

‘We were devastating’ — Lochbroom boss Bruce lauds young side after long awaited home win

22 May 2024

There were wins for Lochbroom and Tain Thistle at the weekend.


‘The club’s relationship with the city has been damaged’: Highland MSP backs Trust calls for change at the top at Inverness Caledonian Thistle

20 May 2024
‘The club’s relationship with the city has been damaged’: Highland MSP backs Trust calls for change at the top at Inverness Caledonian Thistle

‘The club’s relationship with the city has been damaged’: Highland MSP backs Trust calls for change at the top at Inverness Caledonian Thistle

20 May 2024

MSP Emma Roddick has blamed “astoundingly poor decisions” on and off the field after the club was relegated yesterday.


PICTURES: ‘Delightful atmosphere’ for classic car show in Inverness City Centre

19 May 2024
PICTURES: ‘Delightful atmosphere’ for classic car show in Inverness City Centre

PICTURES: ‘Delightful atmosphere’ for classic car show in Inverness City Centre

19 May 2024

The showcase featured over 170 classic cars.


BREAKING: Two men arrested in connection with attempted murder and robbery in Inverness

18 May 2024
BREAKING: Two men arrested in connection with attempted murder and robbery in Inverness

BREAKING: Two men arrested in connection with attempted murder and robbery in Inverness

18 May 2024

The incident took place in the area of Baron Taylor Street and Lombard Street yesterday.


PICTURES: Alastair Campbell wows guests with piping display at Inverness Chamber of Commerce Highland Business Dinner

18 May 2024
PICTURES: Alastair Campbell wows guests with piping display at Inverness Chamber of Commerce Highland Business Dinner

PICTURES: Alastair Campbell wows guests with piping display at Inverness Chamber of Commerce Highland Business Dinner

18 May 2024

Over 350 of the Highlands’ business leaders attended the event at the Drumossie Hotel.


Roar of engines as classic and vintage vehicles descend upon Inverness City Centre

18 May 2024
Roar of engines as classic and vintage vehicles descend upon Inverness City Centre

Roar of engines as classic and vintage vehicles descend upon Inverness City Centre

18 May 2024

This year’s Inverness Classic Vehicle Show is now under way.


Beauly primary kids invited to unveil new-look co-op store

18 May 2024
Beauly primary kids invited to unveil new-look co-op store

Beauly primary kids invited to unveil new-look co-op store

18 May 2024

The retailer unveiled its makeover following a six-week programme of improvements


PICTURES: ‘Wonderful’ turnout for coronation tree planting at Culbokie Green

18 May 2024
PICTURES: ‘Wonderful’ turnout for coronation tree planting at Culbokie Green

PICTURES: ‘Wonderful’ turnout for coronation tree planting at Culbokie Green

18 May 2024

A special one-hour ceremony culminated in the unveiling of a tree and plaque to celebrate the coronation of King Charles.


WATCH: Global Energy chair Roy MacGregor on £350m Nigg cable plant: ‘The opportunity is here and we’ve got to embrace it’

15 May 2024
WATCH: Global Energy chair Roy MacGregor on £350m Nigg cable plant: ‘The opportunity is here and we’ve got to embrace it’

WATCH: Global Energy chair Roy MacGregor on £350m Nigg cable plant: ‘The opportunity is here and we’ve got to embrace it’

15 May 2024

Global Energy chairman Roy MacGregor urged Highland people to “embrace” the opportunity the new facility can bring to the area.


WATCH: Sumitomo factory at Nigg can have ‘major impact’ on Highland economy, says Scottish net zero secretary

14 May 2024
WATCH: Sumitomo factory at Nigg can have ‘major impact’ on Highland economy, says Scottish net zero secretary

WATCH: Sumitomo factory at Nigg can have ‘major impact’ on Highland economy, says Scottish net zero secretary

14 May 2024

MSP Màiri McAllan believes the new facility at Port of Nigg has the potential to create hundreds of jobs


PICTURES: Construction of ‘state-of-the-art’ subsea cable factory at Nigg commences with groundbreaking ceremony

14 May 2024
PICTURES: Construction of ‘state-of-the-art’ subsea cable factory at Nigg commences with groundbreaking ceremony

PICTURES: Construction of ‘state-of-the-art’ subsea cable factory at Nigg commences with groundbreaking ceremony

14 May 2024

Construction of a new state-of-the-art subsea transmission cable factory in the Highlands commenced this morning.


PICTURES: Sinkhole opens up on footpath near Invergordon road

13 May 2024
PICTURES: Sinkhole opens up on footpath near Invergordon road

PICTURES: Sinkhole opens up on footpath near Invergordon road

13 May 2024

The hole appeared on a footpath near the shore front of Saltburn Road on Saturday.


Black Isle animal rescue charity founder brands tree felling plans ‘very distressing’

12 May 2024
Black Isle animal rescue charity founder brands tree felling plans ‘very distressing’

Black Isle animal rescue charity founder brands tree felling plans ‘very distressing’

12 May 2024

Forestry plans to fell trees behind an animal rescue centre on the Black Isle have been branded “very distressing” by the charity’s founder.


SSE fund enables ‘progressive’ link-up between women’s football team and Easter Ross sports clinic

08 May 2024
SSE fund enables ‘progressive’ link-up between women’s football team and Easter Ross sports clinic

SSE fund enables ‘progressive’ link-up between women’s football team and Easter Ross sports clinic

08 May 2024

Players at Sutherland Women’s football club will benefit from the opportunity to receive sports therapy treatments throughout the current season.


‘We are a match for anyone’ — Inver set sights on top half finish as amateur league campaign kicks off

07 May 2024
‘We are a match for anyone’ — Inver set sights on top half finish as amateur league campaign kicks off

‘We are a match for anyone’ — Inver set sights on top half finish as amateur league campaign kicks off

07 May 2024

Inver manager Paul Connolly says his side will be “a match for anyone” this season.


PICTURES: Bowling club in Easter Ross unveil new club jackets as first jack of new season is delivered

05 May 2024
PICTURES: Bowling club in Easter Ross unveil new club jackets as first jack of new season is delivered

PICTURES: Bowling club in Easter Ross unveil new club jackets as first jack of new season is delivered

05 May 2024

Muir of Ord Bowling Club welcomed 34 of its members for a few ends of bowls.


Highland Council give notice of by-election for Tain and Easter Ross ward

02 May 2024
Highland Council give notice of by-election for Tain and Easter Ross ward

Highland Council give notice of by-election for Tain and Easter Ross ward

02 May 2024

Notice of a by-election for a councillor to represent Tain & Easter Ross has been given by Highland Council.


Over 1000 homes on west coast hit by SSEN fault on main network

27 April 2024
Over 1000 homes on west coast hit by SSEN fault on main network

Over 1000 homes on west coast hit by SSEN fault on main network

27 April 2024

The fault was reported at 10.30am.


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