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Iona M.J. MacDonald


Trainee Community Reporter

Iona MacDonald is a trainee community reporter. She joined Highland News and Media in 2022. Iona is part of the Community News Project funded by Meta and receiving NCTJ training through Glasgow Clyde College.

Iona M.J. MacDonald

Ullapool High School pupil shares reality behind virtual learning

23 February 2024
Ullapool High School pupil shares reality behind virtual learning

Ullapool High School pupil shares reality behind virtual learning

23 February 2024

"It feels like we're being told we don't deserve the opportunities that other people have." - Poppy Lewis-Ing, S6 pupil at Ullapool High School.


Ullapool to be visited by iconic paddle steamer the Waverley

19 February 2024
Ullapool to be visited by iconic paddle steamer the Waverley

Ullapool to be visited by iconic paddle steamer the Waverley

19 February 2024

The paddle steamer will be offering a sailing from Ullapool and down Lochbroom, and along the west coast to Gairloch or Kyle of Lochalsh.


College friends with north farming links take on 1200-mile LEJoG for 'excellent causes'

18 February 2024
College friends with north farming links take on 1200-mile LEJoG for 'excellent causes'

College friends with north farming links take on 1200-mile LEJoG for 'excellent causes'

18 February 2024

Old college friends from the 1970s, Jimmy and Alan have taken on the 1200 mile journey from Land's End to John O'Groats'.


Ullapool Unpacked's award is 'something I've dreamed about for long time'

15 February 2024
Ullapool Unpacked's award is 'something I've dreamed about for long time'

Ullapool Unpacked's award is 'something I've dreamed about for long time'

15 February 2024

Evie Strange launched Ullapool Unpacked C.I.C. after being "daunted by how much waste a child could produce".


PICTURES: Dingwall yarn-bomber strikes again with Valentine's Day themed knits

12 February 2024
PICTURES: Dingwall yarn-bomber strikes again with Valentine's Day themed knits

PICTURES: Dingwall yarn-bomber strikes again with Valentine's Day themed knits

12 February 2024

The Dingwall yarn-bomber has striked again in Ross-shire's county town – this time with Valentine's Day themed knitting throughout the High Street.


Rural parent councils say: 'our schools are beyond breaking point'

10 February 2024
Rural parent councils say: 'our schools are beyond breaking point'

Rural parent councils say: 'our schools are beyond breaking point'

10 February 2024

"Despite heroic efforts of staff, the situation is gone beyond breaking point – the system is failing pupils".


Legionella detected in water at Invergordon County Hospital, NHS confirms

04 February 2024
Legionella detected in water at Invergordon County Hospital, NHS confirms

Legionella detected in water at Invergordon County Hospital, NHS confirms

04 February 2024

Following the discovery the health authority said it immediately put safety measures in place to "prevent harm to patients and staff".


WATCH: Assynt 'freak accident' wildfire engulfed five miles of land

29 January 2024
WATCH: Assynt 'freak accident' wildfire engulfed five miles of land

WATCH: Assynt 'freak accident' wildfire engulfed five miles of land

29 January 2024

An eyewitness has told of the 'scary' wildfire triggered by a freak accident and sustained in unusual weather conditions.


SCHOOL CLOSURES: Over 9000 pupils affected by icy blast

18 January 2024
SCHOOL CLOSURES: Over 9000 pupils affected by icy blast

SCHOOL CLOSURES: Over 9000 pupils affected by icy blast

18 January 2024

SCHOOLS across the Highlands are being affected by bad weather again today (January 18).


WATCH: Gin distillery shares sneak peek of new west coast bar development

16 January 2024
WATCH: Gin distillery shares sneak peek of new west coast bar development

WATCH: Gin distillery shares sneak peek of new west coast bar development

16 January 2024

Rhidorroch Distillery has shared a behind-the-scenes clip of the refurbishments taking place at the site of their soon-to-be café and bar.


Work set to start on £1m project to provide new toilets and car park at Achmelvich Beach

11 January 2024
Work set to start on £1m project to provide new toilets and car park at Achmelvich Beach

Work set to start on £1m project to provide new toilets and car park at Achmelvich Beach

11 January 2024

A new toilet block and 71 new car parking spaces are to be constructed at Achmelvich beach, which is considered a "hot spot" for visitors.


EXCLUSIVE: Highland Hospice is new landlord of Ullapool's Mo Dhachaidh building

05 January 2024
EXCLUSIVE: Highland Hospice is new landlord of Ullapool's Mo Dhachaidh building

EXCLUSIVE: Highland Hospice is new landlord of Ullapool's Mo Dhachaidh building

05 January 2024

It's emerged that in a deal concluded just before Christmas, Highland Hospice has bought Mo Dhachaidh and will rent the premises to NHS Highland.


Tain Royal Academy pupils' 'incredibly insightful' presentation secures local charity £3000

24 December 2023
Tain Royal Academy pupils' 'incredibly insightful' presentation secures local charity £3000

Tain Royal Academy pupils' 'incredibly insightful' presentation secures local charity £3000

24 December 2023

The presentation by S3 pupils 'brought home why the charity's service is so vital' in the local area.


Ullapool Sea Savers lift gas bottles from Lochbroom in 89kg haul

23 December 2023
Ullapool Sea Savers lift gas bottles from Lochbroom in 89kg haul

Ullapool Sea Savers lift gas bottles from Lochbroom in 89kg haul

23 December 2023

AN environmental group recently lifted over 89kg of debris in Lochbroom after hearing of rubbish washing up in Rhue, just outside Ullapool.


BBC Peat and Diesel documentary follows the band's 'challenging but triumphant' year

18 December 2023
BBC Peat and Diesel documentary follows the band's 'challenging but triumphant' year

BBC Peat and Diesel documentary follows the band's 'challenging but triumphant' year

18 December 2023

The two-part documentary airing over the festive season follows the folk-rock band's road to musical success over a challenging but triumphant year.


Melvich Primary earns Eco Schools Green Flag in recognition of sustainability

17 December 2023
Melvich Primary earns Eco Schools Green Flag in recognition of sustainability

Melvich Primary earns Eco Schools Green Flag in recognition of sustainability

17 December 2023

Far north school Melvich primary has achieved its first Green Flag accreditation after the "fantastic" addition of a timber tunnel in the playground.


PICTURES: See why Plockton's third annual gingerbread house competition dazzled judges

13 December 2023
PICTURES: See why Plockton's third annual gingerbread house competition dazzled judges

PICTURES: See why Plockton's third annual gingerbread house competition dazzled judges

13 December 2023

Plockton's third annual gingerbread house competition came back with a bang this year, with a record-breaking number of gingerbread creations.


Take a peek inside Peat and Diesel's festive Ullapool pop-up shop

11 December 2023
Take a peek inside Peat and Diesel's festive Ullapool pop-up shop

Take a peek inside Peat and Diesel's festive Ullapool pop-up shop

11 December 2023

Take a look inside Stornoway rockers Peat and Diesel's festive pop-up merchandise shop in Ullapool.


Highland hero Tom Stoltman backs campaign asking what it REALLY takes to be a strong man

09 December 2023
Highland hero Tom Stoltman backs campaign asking what it REALLY takes to be a strong man

Highland hero Tom Stoltman backs campaign asking what it REALLY takes to be a strong man

09 December 2023

Fascinating research reveals men's attitudes to the subject.


Peat and Diesel announce merch pop-up shop in Ullapool

02 December 2023
Peat and Diesel announce merch pop-up shop in Ullapool

Peat and Diesel announce merch pop-up shop in Ullapool

02 December 2023

The Stornoway favourites taken residency at the old Parlett’s newsagents in Ullapool for their merchandise pop-up shop over the festive season.


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