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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

Aviemore ice rink's appeal for equipment ahead of curling comeback

18 June 2022
Aviemore ice rink's appeal for equipment ahead of curling comeback

Aviemore ice rink's appeal for equipment ahead of curling comeback

18 June 2022

Group behind its return is appealing to public to donate any spare kit


Strathspey Thistle appoint new assistant manager on two-year deal

17 June 2022
Strathspey Thistle appoint new assistant manager on two-year deal

Strathspey Thistle appoint new assistant manager on two-year deal

17 June 2022

'The club has got ambition and a vision for the future and it’s something I am excited to be involved with'


'Strikes threaten to cut-off the north of Scotland' says Highland MSP

16 June 2022
'Strikes threaten to cut-off the north of Scotland' says Highland MSP

'Strikes threaten to cut-off the north of Scotland' says Highland MSP

16 June 2022

Jamie Halcro Johnston has said that strike action by the RMT union later this month threatens to leave people across the region cut off


Farms and estates encouraged to take part in agritourism census

16 June 2022
Farms and estates encouraged to take part in agritourism census

Farms and estates encouraged to take part in agritourism census

16 June 2022

Farms, crofts and estates across Badenoch and Strathspey are among those being asked to take part in an annual census


Cairngorm rescue team called to attend hillwalker with head injury at Coire Raibeirt

13 June 2022
Cairngorm rescue team called to attend hillwalker with head injury at Coire Raibeirt

Cairngorm rescue team called to attend hillwalker with head injury at Coire Raibeirt

13 June 2022

The team was alerted after concern was raised for the condition of a 30 year old woman


Garden waste collection permit holders advised to renew ahead of 2022/23 season

13 June 2022
Garden waste collection permit holders advised to renew ahead of 2022/23 season

Garden waste collection permit holders advised to renew ahead of 2022/23 season

13 June 2022

The cost of a garden waste permit has increased by 3 per cent.


Former Jags boss Ritchie returns to head football development

13 June 2022
Former Jags boss Ritchie returns to head football development

Former Jags boss Ritchie returns to head football development

13 June 2022

Brian Ritchie has been confirmed as the club’s new Head of Football Development.


NHS Highland offer alternative sites in bid to reduce patient waiting times

10 June 2022
NHS Highland offer alternative sites in bid to reduce patient waiting times

NHS Highland offer alternative sites in bid to reduce patient waiting times

10 June 2022

NHS Highland is offering patients surgery in other locations across the organisation


Projects invited to apply for two new Cairngorms Trust funds

08 June 2022
Projects invited to apply for two new Cairngorms Trust funds

Projects invited to apply for two new Cairngorms Trust funds

08 June 2022

Two new funds have been opened by Cairngorms Trust to support projects within the Cairngorms National Park


'We need to put aside politics to tackle this huge problem' – Highlands and Islands MSP gets behind new bill to treat drug dependency

07 June 2022
'We need to put aside politics to tackle this huge problem' – Highlands and Islands MSP gets behind new bill to treat drug dependency

'We need to put aside politics to tackle this huge problem' – Highlands and Islands MSP gets behind new bill to treat drug dependency

07 June 2022

Mr Halcro Johnston said drug deaths in Scotland were higher than anywhere else in Europe


Fall in greenhouse gas emissions welcomed by Farmers' Union

07 June 2022
Fall in greenhouse gas emissions welcomed by Farmers' Union

Fall in greenhouse gas emissions welcomed by Farmers' Union

07 June 2022

NFU Scotland welcomed the latest Scottish Government figures


Highlands and Islands MSP secures debate on NHS Recruitment and Retention

07 June 2022
Highlands and Islands MSP secures debate on NHS Recruitment and Retention

Highlands and Islands MSP secures debate on NHS Recruitment and Retention

07 June 2022

The MSP hopes more courses will help to meet staffing challenges


Public consultation helps to form new draft plan for Cairngorms National Park

07 June 2022
Public consultation helps to form new draft plan for Cairngorms National Park

Public consultation helps to form new draft plan for Cairngorms National Park

07 June 2022

The authority have published a final draft of the National Park Partnership Plan


Feedback of public sought on best use of Scottish forest and land

06 June 2022
Feedback of public sought on best use of Scottish forest and land

Feedback of public sought on best use of Scottish forest and land

06 June 2022

People in Strathspey and Badenoch are being invited to offer their thoughts


WATCH: New video campaign from Ramblers Scotland urges responsible camping

06 June 2022
WATCH: New video campaign from Ramblers Scotland urges responsible camping

WATCH: New video campaign from Ramblers Scotland urges responsible camping

06 June 2022

Cairngorms National Park Authority are one of several groups supporting the campaign.


Loch Morlich one of five beaches in Highlands recognised as amongst Scotland's very best

01 June 2022
Loch Morlich one of five beaches in Highlands recognised as amongst Scotland's very best

Loch Morlich one of five beaches in Highlands recognised as amongst Scotland's very best

01 June 2022

Loch and its beach are amongst the most visited places in Cairngorms National Park


Travel trade event showcases the best of the Highlands

31 May 2022
Travel trade event showcases the best of the Highlands

Travel trade event showcases the best of the Highlands

31 May 2022

The groups visited a number of locations and attractions in the region


Car parks across Highland to take part in overnight stay charge pilot

31 May 2022
Car parks across Highland to take part in overnight stay charge pilot

Car parks across Highland to take part in overnight stay charge pilot

31 May 2022

Twelve car parks have been identified in the initial pilot


Review on investment to tackle cost of living crisis to be published

31 May 2022
Review on investment to tackle cost of living crisis to be published

Review on investment to tackle cost of living crisis to be published

31 May 2022

Finance secretary Kate Forbes will today publish the Resource Spending Review


High Life Highland invite applications for convener role to promote youth involvement

28 April 2022
High Life Highland invite applications for convener role to promote youth involvement

High Life Highland invite applications for convener role to promote youth involvement

28 April 2022

The search is on for a new youth convener to champion the cause of young people in the Highlands.


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