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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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‘Wonderful memories’ shared at two-day primary school museum exhibition in Tain

16 June 2024
‘Wonderful memories’ shared at two-day primary school museum exhibition in Tain

‘Wonderful memories’ shared at two-day primary school museum exhibition in Tain

16 June 2024

An exhibition celebrating the history of Tain’s oldest primary school has been heralded as an “amazing couple of days”.


Community spirit from home ‘helped us accomplish our dream’, says Badminton grassroots rider Kelly Skinner

16 June 2024
Community spirit from home ‘helped us accomplish our dream’, says Badminton grassroots rider Kelly Skinner

Community spirit from home ‘helped us accomplish our dream’, says Badminton grassroots rider Kelly Skinner

16 June 2024

Kelly Skinner and her homebred pony Reagan achieved a 16-year dream of competing at Badminton in May.


Lochbroom brush aside weekend defeat to take spoils in west coast derby

12 June 2024
Lochbroom brush aside weekend defeat to take spoils in west coast derby

Lochbroom brush aside weekend defeat to take spoils in west coast derby

12 June 2024

Lochbroom played host to Lochinver on Tuesday night.


‘Dust off those bell bottoms and reconnect’ - Reunion call for Tain class of ‘76 pupils and teachers

09 June 2024
‘Dust off those bell bottoms and reconnect’ - Reunion call for Tain class of ‘76 pupils and teachers

‘Dust off those bell bottoms and reconnect’ - Reunion call for Tain class of ‘76 pupils and teachers

09 June 2024

Did you start attending Tain Royal Academy in 1976?


Jamie Stone urges candidates to share urgency in tackling ‘devastating’ loss of community space in Milnafua

07 June 2024
Jamie Stone urges candidates to share urgency in tackling ‘devastating’ loss of community space in Milnafua

Jamie Stone urges candidates to share urgency in tackling ‘devastating’ loss of community space in Milnafua

07 June 2024

Mr Stone paid a visit to the remains of the building that was once used as a community hall in Milnafua this week.


UPDATE: No serious injuries reported after two-vehicle collision on A9 near Skiach

07 June 2024
UPDATE: No serious injuries reported after two-vehicle collision on A9 near Skiach

UPDATE: No serious injuries reported after two-vehicle collision on A9 near Skiach

07 June 2024

The northbound lane of the A9 is currently closed due after an alert was raised at 8.47am this morning.


Northbound lane of A9 closed at Skiach services due to two-vehicle crash

07 June 2024
Northbound lane of A9 closed at Skiach services due to two-vehicle crash

Northbound lane of A9 closed at Skiach services due to two-vehicle crash

07 June 2024

The northbound lane of the A9 is closed due to a collision at Skiach Services near Evanton.


Northbound lane of A9 closed at Skiach services due to two-vehicle crash

07 June 2024
Northbound lane of A9 closed at Skiach services due to two-vehicle crash

Northbound lane of A9 closed at Skiach services due to two-vehicle crash

07 June 2024

The northbound lane of the A9 is closed due to a collision at Skiach Services near Evanton.


Transport secretary confirms three bids received for Tomatin to Moy A9 dualling contract

06 June 2024
Transport secretary confirms three bids received for Tomatin to Moy A9 dualling contract

Transport secretary confirms three bids received for Tomatin to Moy A9 dualling contract

06 June 2024

Cabinet secretary for transport, Fiona Hyslop MSP, confirmed three bids have been received for work on the six-mile stretch.


PICTURES: Splash of colour for South Lodge Primary 50th year celebrations as fund for ‘school song’ recorded by UK chart artist gathers pace

02 June 2024
PICTURES: Splash of colour for South Lodge Primary 50th year celebrations as fund for ‘school song’ recorded by UK chart artist gathers pace

PICTURES: Splash of colour for South Lodge Primary 50th year celebrations as fund for ‘school song’ recorded by UK chart artist gathers pace

02 June 2024

South Lodge Primary pupils and parents gathered for its annual colour run last Friday, as fundraising for an “anniversary song” continues.


World’s Strongest Man Tom Stoltman greets ‘Ultraman’ runner Ashley Cain after first leg of world record attempt in memory of baby daughter

29 May 2024
World’s Strongest Man Tom Stoltman greets ‘Ultraman’ runner Ashley Cain after first leg of world record attempt in memory of baby daughter

World’s Strongest Man Tom Stoltman greets ‘Ultraman’ runner Ashley Cain after first leg of world record attempt in memory of baby daughter

29 May 2024

Cain completed the first leg of his challenge on Monday and is now traveling south via Sutherland, Ross-shire and Inverness.


Tain Thistle go top with thirteen-goal barrage against Embo, as Inver hammer Lochinver

29 May 2024
Tain Thistle go top with thirteen-goal barrage against Embo, as Inver hammer Lochinver

Tain Thistle go top with thirteen-goal barrage against Embo, as Inver hammer Lochinver

29 May 2024

The Tain Jags are now top of the North-west Sutherland league.


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.


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