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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

Brora stun Melvich with second half turnaround ahead of bumper weekend card

19 June 2024
Brora stun Melvich with second half turnaround ahead of bumper weekend card

Brora stun Melvich with second half turnaround ahead of bumper weekend card

19 June 2024

Golspie meet Inver and Helmsdale host Tain this weekend.


PICTURES: ‘Amazing effort’ of beach clean volunteers who retrieved over 2500kg of rubbish from Sutherland coastline

18 June 2024
PICTURES: ‘Amazing effort’ of beach clean volunteers who retrieved over 2500kg of rubbish from Sutherland coastline

PICTURES: ‘Amazing effort’ of beach clean volunteers who retrieved over 2500kg of rubbish from Sutherland coastline

18 June 2024

Over a span of eight days a total of 2550kg of rubbish was collected.


‘Tartan Banger’ trio launch appeal to support Mikeysline ahead of Scotland’s second crunch Euros tie

18 June 2024
‘Tartan Banger’ trio launch appeal to support Mikeysline ahead of Scotland’s second crunch Euros tie

‘Tartan Banger’ trio launch appeal to support Mikeysline ahead of Scotland’s second crunch Euros tie

18 June 2024

The Brora-built ‘Tartan Banger’ is on the road to Cologne.


‘We owe so much to Mattie’ — Community celebrate Kings’ birthday honour for Golspie stalwart Alasdair Matheson

17 June 2024
‘We owe so much to Mattie’ — Community celebrate Kings’ birthday honour for Golspie stalwart Alasdair Matheson

‘We owe so much to Mattie’ — Community celebrate Kings’ birthday honour for Golspie stalwart Alasdair Matheson

17 June 2024

Golspie residents took to social media to express their delight at Mr Matheson’s recognition.


Award-winning schools pipe band to perform in Dornoch to raise funds for Historylinks museum

17 June 2024
Award-winning schools pipe band to perform in Dornoch to raise funds for Historylinks museum

Award-winning schools pipe band to perform in Dornoch to raise funds for Historylinks museum

17 June 2024

The event takes place at Cathedral Green on Friday from 4.30pm.


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.


Brora residents appeal for mobile units after Post Office closure due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’

14 June 2024
Brora residents appeal for mobile units after Post Office closure due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’

Brora residents appeal for mobile units after Post Office closure due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’

14 June 2024

Post Office has confirmed its outlet in Brora has been closed due to “unforeseen circumstances”.


Farr High School head ‘delighted’ after report recognises ‘incredible efforts’ of staff

14 June 2024
Farr High School head ‘delighted’ after report recognises ‘incredible efforts’ of staff

Farr High School head ‘delighted’ after report recognises ‘incredible efforts’ of staff

14 June 2024

Inspectors from Education Scotland visited Farr High School in Bettyhill in March.


PICTURES: Sutherland’s Tartan Army supporters in Munich

14 June 2024
PICTURES: Sutherland’s Tartan Army supporters in Munich

PICTURES: Sutherland’s Tartan Army supporters in Munich

14 June 2024

Scotland die-hards from Sutherland have turned out in force for Scotland’s Euros opener.


North-west primary children write to Highland libraries head over ‘missing’ mobile library van

14 June 2024
North-west primary children write to Highland libraries head over ‘missing’ mobile library van

North-west primary children write to Highland libraries head over ‘missing’ mobile library van

14 June 2024

After stopping for its usual festive break, the Far North mobile library has not returned to Tongue Primary School.


PICTURES: ‘No Golspie High School, no party!’ - Pupils get into the Tartan Army spirit ahead of Euros opener

14 June 2024
PICTURES: ‘No Golspie High School, no party!’ - Pupils get into the Tartan Army spirit ahead of Euros opener

PICTURES: ‘No Golspie High School, no party!’ - Pupils get into the Tartan Army spirit ahead of Euros opener

14 June 2024

Pupils at Golspie High School have been getting into the Euros spirit as Scotland prepare to meet hosts Germany tonight.


£150k funding award for Golspie young carers charity will make ‘huge difference’

13 June 2024
£150k funding award for Golspie young carers charity will make ‘huge difference’

£150k funding award for Golspie young carers charity will make ‘huge difference’

13 June 2024

TYKES Young Carers has secured £150,000 over three years as part of the Bank of Scotland Foundation’s Empower grant programme.


Golspie Stafford win midweek tussle with title rivals Tain Thistle, as Helmsdale are on cloud nine

12 June 2024
Golspie Stafford win midweek tussle with title rivals Tain Thistle, as Helmsdale are on cloud nine

Golspie Stafford win midweek tussle with title rivals Tain Thistle, as Helmsdale are on cloud nine

12 June 2024

Golspie Stafford remain as the only unbeaten side in north-west Sutherland competitions this season.


Brora man’s £400 ‘Tartan Banger’ on the road to Munich ahead of Euros opener

12 June 2024
Brora man’s £400 ‘Tartan Banger’ on the road to Munich ahead of Euros opener

Brora man’s £400 ‘Tartan Banger’ on the road to Munich ahead of Euros opener

12 June 2024

Tartan Army member and die-hard Scotland fan Scott Miller has followed the national team home and away for years.


Station in Lochinver among 11 locations on RNLI’s 200-year anniversary relay tour in June and July

12 June 2024
Station in Lochinver among 11 locations on RNLI’s 200-year anniversary relay tour in June and July

Station in Lochinver among 11 locations on RNLI’s 200-year anniversary relay tour in June and July

12 June 2024

The scroll will visit Lochinver on June 23, and Thurso on June 26.


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

10 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

10 June 2024

Did you start attending Tain Royal Academy in 1976?


Police appeal for witnesses after stones thrown at motorcyclists in Durness

09 June 2024
Police appeal for witnesses after stones thrown at motorcyclists in Durness

Police appeal for witnesses after stones thrown at motorcyclists in Durness

09 June 2024

Police Scotland have launched an appeal for witnesses after reports of stones being thrown at motor cyclists in Durness.


Five-star derby win pushes Golspie Stafford into joint-top spot

06 June 2024
Five-star derby win pushes Golspie Stafford into joint-top spot

Five-star derby win pushes Golspie Stafford into joint-top spot

06 June 2024

Golspie Stafford’s impressive start to the season continued with a 5-1 win over Helmsdale United last night.


Contract for Flight Ticket Initiative is ‘significant milestone’ for Orbex

06 June 2024
Contract for Flight Ticket Initiative is ‘significant milestone’ for Orbex

Contract for Flight Ticket Initiative is ‘significant milestone’ for Orbex

06 June 2024

Orbex has announced the signing of a framework contract for the Flight Ticket Initiative.


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.


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