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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

'We will keep fighting' - Strathspey Thistle manager's rallying call ahead of basement fight

15 February 2024
'We will keep fighting' - Strathspey Thistle manager's rallying call ahead of basement fight

'We will keep fighting' - Strathspey Thistle manager's rallying call ahead of basement fight

15 February 2024

The Jags lost 2-1 to Lossiemouth last weekend


Raigmore are 'first in Scotland' to employ new breast cancer treatment

13 February 2024
Raigmore are 'first in Scotland' to employ new breast cancer treatment

Raigmore are 'first in Scotland' to employ new breast cancer treatment

13 February 2024

The breast team at Raigmore Hospital were first to use the new Pintuition System.


STORM ISHA: ScotRail confirm all rail routes cancelled from 7pm with Monday rush hour services also suspended

21 January 2024
STORM ISHA: ScotRail confirm all rail routes cancelled from 7pm with Monday rush hour services also suspended

STORM ISHA: ScotRail confirm all rail routes cancelled from 7pm with Monday rush hour services also suspended

21 January 2024

Network Rail has suspended all passenger and freight services from 7pm.


Met Office issue fresh Storm Isha amber alert warning of gusts up to 90mph from 6pm

21 January 2024
Met Office issue fresh Storm Isha amber alert warning of gusts up to 90mph from 6pm

Met Office issue fresh Storm Isha amber alert warning of gusts up to 90mph from 6pm

21 January 2024

The amber warning will remain in place until 6am on Monday.


ScotRail services to end early today ahead of Storm Isha amber warning

21 January 2024
ScotRail services to end early today ahead of Storm Isha amber warning

ScotRail services to end early today ahead of Storm Isha amber warning

21 January 2024

Several routes have been cancelled this evening and tomorrow morning.


'Damaging gusts and heavy rain' ahead as Storm Isha warning is raised to amber

20 January 2024
'Damaging gusts and heavy rain' ahead as Storm Isha warning is raised to amber

'Damaging gusts and heavy rain' ahead as Storm Isha warning is raised to amber

20 January 2024

The public are being warned to prepare for a 12-hour spell of 'very strong, damaging winds'.


Rail passengers urged to check warnings before travelling as Storm Isha arrives

19 January 2024
Rail passengers urged to check warnings before travelling as Storm Isha arrives

Rail passengers urged to check warnings before travelling as Storm Isha arrives

19 January 2024

The storm could bring winds of up to 70mph on Sunday night and into Monday.


Highland MP calls for meeting over 'worrying' news for staff as Menzies Parcels faces closure

12 January 2024
Highland MP calls for meeting over 'worrying' news for staff as Menzies Parcels faces closure

Highland MP calls for meeting over 'worrying' news for staff as Menzies Parcels faces closure

12 January 2024

The north of Scotland firm has notified staff of its impending closure.


A9 at Kessock Bridge clear after earlier vehicle breakdown

12 January 2024
A9 at Kessock Bridge clear after earlier vehicle breakdown

A9 at Kessock Bridge clear after earlier vehicle breakdown

12 January 2024

Lanes are now clear.


A9 restricted at Kessock Bridge due to vehicle breakdown

12 January 2024
A9 restricted at Kessock Bridge due to vehicle breakdown

A9 restricted at Kessock Bridge due to vehicle breakdown

12 January 2024

The breakdown occurred on the A9 southbound lane on the approach to Kessock Bridge.


Highland wedding fair full of big day ideas

12 January 2024
Highland wedding fair full of big day ideas

Highland wedding fair full of big day ideas

12 January 2024

Macdonald Aviemore Resort will have a little bit of everything on offer for soon-to-be married couples


WATCH: MP Drew Hendry calls for 'fairness and equity' in energy pricing with launch of Highland Energy Rebate campaign

11 January 2024
WATCH: MP Drew Hendry calls for 'fairness and equity' in energy pricing with launch of Highland Energy Rebate campaign

WATCH: MP Drew Hendry calls for 'fairness and equity' in energy pricing with launch of Highland Energy Rebate campaign

11 January 2024

The proposed scheme aims to provide financial relief to people in the Highlands and Islands


A9 closed near Daviot after collision involving multiple vehicles

11 January 2024
A9 closed near Daviot after collision involving multiple vehicles

A9 closed near Daviot after collision involving multiple vehicles

11 January 2024

Police Scotland have advised that the A9 has been closed in both directions.


Greens MSP Ariane Burgess welcomes £1.5m school meal debt write-off

25 December 2023
Greens MSP Ariane Burgess welcomes £1.5m school meal debt write-off

Greens MSP Ariane Burgess welcomes £1.5m school meal debt write-off

25 December 2023

The Highland MSP said it would be a 'huge relief' for families.


Labour MSP Rhoda Grant pledges to enshrine 'legal Right to Food' in new year

24 December 2023
Labour MSP Rhoda Grant pledges to enshrine 'legal Right to Food' in new year

Labour MSP Rhoda Grant pledges to enshrine 'legal Right to Food' in new year

24 December 2023

Roll out of the National Good Food Nation Plan has been delayed for six months.


WATCH: Cairngorm rescue team comes to aid of climber injured in Coire an t-Sneachda avalanche

08 December 2023
WATCH: Cairngorm rescue team comes to aid of climber injured in Coire an t-Sneachda avalanche

WATCH: Cairngorm rescue team comes to aid of climber injured in Coire an t-Sneachda avalanche

08 December 2023

The volunteers had to contend with gale force winds whilst answering SOS


Motorists advised of potential delays during roadworks on A9 between Drumochter and Killiecrankie

08 December 2023
Motorists advised of potential delays during roadworks on A9 between Drumochter and Killiecrankie

Motorists advised of potential delays during roadworks on A9 between Drumochter and Killiecrankie

08 December 2023

Convoys will be in operation from Monday


Bob Dylan sells Highland retreat near Nethy Bridge to whisky producer for £2m profit

07 December 2023
Bob Dylan sells Highland retreat near Nethy Bridge to whisky producer for £2m profit

Bob Dylan sells Highland retreat near Nethy Bridge to whisky producer for £2m profit

07 December 2023

Angus Dundee, who also own Tomintoul Distillery, are the new owners of the estate


New 'Super Sponsor' scheme will help displaced Ukrainians into longer term housing

07 December 2023
New 'Super Sponsor' scheme will help displaced Ukrainians into longer term housing

New 'Super Sponsor' scheme will help displaced Ukrainians into longer term housing

07 December 2023

Ukrainians arriving in Scotland will be supported by local authorities to identify longer term accommodation options


MacCormack slams penalty award and red card as Jags collapse in Aberdeen

07 December 2023
MacCormack slams penalty award and red card as Jags collapse in Aberdeen

MacCormack slams penalty award and red card as Jags collapse in Aberdeen

07 December 2023

Thistle will meet Forres this weekend after a midweek postponement


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