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Rachel Smart


Business reporter

I studied my undergraduate degree in politics and international relations at the University of Aberdeen and I completed my Masters in Journalism at RGU this year. I have always been interested in people and how society works. It's great when your passions align with your job.

Miss Scotland gives advice for those hoping to take part in the next pageant

16 April 2024
Miss Scotland gives advice for those hoping to take part in the next pageant

Miss Scotland gives advice for those hoping to take part in the next pageant

16 April 2024

Miss Scotland has given her advice for those hoping to take part in the next pageant.


Two hotels on NC500 up for sale in Tain for offers over £2.5million

15 April 2024
Two hotels on NC500 up for sale in Tain for offers over £2.5million

Two hotels on NC500 up for sale in Tain for offers over £2.5million

15 April 2024

Two hotels on the NC500 route are up for sale in Tain.


Luke Stoltman crowned Europe’s Strongest Man for second time

14 April 2024
Luke Stoltman crowned Europe’s Strongest Man for second time

Luke Stoltman crowned Europe’s Strongest Man for second time

14 April 2024

Highland strongman, Luke Stoltman has been crowned Europe’s Strongest Man.


Artefacts unearthed at Culloden Battlefield in latest investigations

13 April 2024
Artefacts unearthed at Culloden Battlefield in latest investigations

Artefacts unearthed at Culloden Battlefield in latest investigations

13 April 2024

A range of artefacts have been recovered by archaeologists at Culloden Battlefield in Inverness.


Call for Highland Council to enforce policy banning use of pesticides in school playgrounds which may cause cancer

13 April 2024
Call for Highland Council to enforce policy banning use of pesticides in school playgrounds which may cause cancer

Call for Highland Council to enforce policy banning use of pesticides in school playgrounds which may cause cancer

13 April 2024

A Highland MSP has asked Highland Council to take urgent action to enforce their policy banning the use of pesticides on school playgrounds.


Rural business organisation calls for better ‘rural-proofing’ of policies in wake of wood-burning stoves debacle

12 April 2024
Rural business organisation calls for better ‘rural-proofing’ of policies in wake of wood-burning stoves debacle

Rural business organisation calls for better ‘rural-proofing’ of policies in wake of wood-burning stoves debacle

12 April 2024

Scottish Land & Estates has called for better ‘rural-proofing’ of policies in the wake of the debacle over a ban on wood-burning stoves in new homes.


New initiative aimed at landlords of vacant crofts is hoped to strengthen crofting sector in Sutherland

11 April 2024
New initiative aimed at landlords of vacant crofts is hoped to strengthen crofting sector in Sutherland

New initiative aimed at landlords of vacant crofts is hoped to strengthen crofting sector in Sutherland

11 April 2024

The Crofting Commission has announced a new initiative designed to strengthen the crofting sector by engaging with landlords of vacant crofts.


Highland IT firm gives business owners peace of mind with forward-thinking solutions

11 April 2024
Highland IT firm gives business owners peace of mind with forward-thinking solutions

Highland IT firm gives business owners peace of mind with forward-thinking solutions

11 April 2024

Giving business leaders peace of mind is at the heart of a Highland IT firms’ mission.


Highland Muslim community speak about Ramadan as celebration draws to a close

09 April 2024
Highland Muslim community speak about Ramadan as celebration draws to a close

Highland Muslim community speak about Ramadan as celebration draws to a close

09 April 2024

The Muslim community in the Highlands have been partaking in Ramadan since March 11.


Highland Muslim community speak about Ramadan as celebration draws to a close

09 April 2024
Highland Muslim community speak about Ramadan as celebration draws to a close

Highland Muslim community speak about Ramadan as celebration draws to a close

09 April 2024

The Muslim community in the Highlands have been partaking in Ramadan since March 11.


Charity calls for stories to contribute towards legacy of Scotland’s agricultural and rural community

07 April 2024
Charity calls for stories to contribute towards legacy of Scotland’s agricultural and rural community

Charity calls for stories to contribute towards legacy of Scotland’s agricultural and rural community

07 April 2024

Stories gathered will celebrate past, present and future generations of the industry.


UK’s top comedy acts set to take the stage at Macdonald Aviemore Resort

04 April 2024
UK’s top comedy acts set to take the stage at Macdonald Aviemore Resort

UK’s top comedy acts set to take the stage at Macdonald Aviemore Resort

04 April 2024

An evening full of laughter and world-class comedy is set to take place at Macdonald Aviemore Resort this summer.


Highland business secures four-year advertising and sponsorship contract with local authority

27 March 2024
Highland business secures four-year advertising and sponsorship contract with local authority

Highland business secures four-year advertising and sponsorship contract with local authority

27 March 2024

A Highland business has secured a four-year advertising and sponsorship contract with the local authority.


Figures show 2365 incidents of domestic abuse recorded by police in Highland during 2022-23

26 March 2024
Figures show 2365 incidents of domestic abuse recorded by police in Highland during 2022-23

Figures show 2365 incidents of domestic abuse recorded by police in Highland during 2022-23

26 March 2024

Victims of domestic violence have been encouraged to seek support and report incidents to police, following a reduction in recorded cases.


PICTURES: Were you at Highland Heroes?

18 March 2024
PICTURES: Were you at Highland Heroes?

PICTURES: Were you at Highland Heroes?

18 March 2024

Some 400 people were at the Drumossie Hotel on Friday night for the annual Highland Heroes event.


WATCH: Community champion of Highland Heroes says helping others 'gives his life purpose'

17 March 2024
WATCH: Community champion of Highland Heroes says helping others 'gives his life purpose'

WATCH: Community champion of Highland Heroes says helping others 'gives his life purpose'

17 March 2024

David MacRae was recognised for doing something quietly within his community, without any thought of praise for himself.


WATCH: Community driven Merkinch primary crowned school of the year at Highland Heroes Awards

17 March 2024
WATCH: Community driven Merkinch primary crowned school of the year at Highland Heroes Awards

WATCH: Community driven Merkinch primary crowned school of the year at Highland Heroes Awards

17 March 2024

An Inverness school has been named as school of the year at this year's Highland Heroes Awards.


WATCH: Highland Action for Little Ones named charitable organisation of the year as '1 in 5 children lives in poverty'

16 March 2024
WATCH: Highland Action for Little Ones named charitable organisation of the year as '1 in 5 children lives in poverty'

WATCH: Highland Action for Little Ones named charitable organisation of the year as '1 in 5 children lives in poverty'

16 March 2024

Highland Action for Little Ones (HALO) has been named as charitable organisation of the year at the Highland Heroes Awards.


WATCH: Hero of heroes honoured for selfless dedication to Highlands says 'we need to help our neighbours'

16 March 2024
WATCH: Hero of heroes honoured for selfless dedication to Highlands says 'we need to help our neighbours'

WATCH: Hero of heroes honoured for selfless dedication to Highlands says 'we need to help our neighbours'

16 March 2024

David MacRae was recognised for doing something quietly within his community, without any thought of praise for himself.


Highland man targeted by 'live-stream' scammers on day of brother's funeral warns others to be vigilant

15 March 2024
Highland man targeted by 'live-stream' scammers on day of brother's funeral warns others to be vigilant

Highland man targeted by 'live-stream' scammers on day of brother's funeral warns others to be vigilant

15 March 2024

Funeral directors across the Highlands are asking people to be ‘vigilant’ after fraudulent scammers have been targeting bereaved families.


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