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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.

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WATCH: Far north Highland tourism group make new board appointments

11 May 2022
WATCH: Far north Highland tourism group make new board appointments

WATCH: Far north Highland tourism group make new board appointments

11 May 2022

Community and tourism leaders from Sutherland have been appointed to the board of Venture North


Fire service warns of extreme wildfire risk ahead of warm temperatures and wind this weekend

21 April 2022
Fire service warns of extreme wildfire risk ahead of warm temperatures and wind this weekend

Fire service warns of extreme wildfire risk ahead of warm temperatures and wind this weekend

21 April 2022

Fire chiefs are urging people across the north of Scotland to take the utmost care amidst an "extreme" risk of wildfires over the next few days.


Forestry asset transfer scheme invite applications to join evaluation panel

19 April 2022
Forestry asset transfer scheme invite applications to join evaluation panel

Forestry asset transfer scheme invite applications to join evaluation panel

19 April 2022

People in Caithness and across Scotland are being invited to apply to join the panel of a scheme designed to promote better use of community land.


Rural communities in Highland to benefit from new mobile Post Office service

15 April 2022
Rural communities in Highland to benefit from new mobile Post Office service

Rural communities in Highland to benefit from new mobile Post Office service

15 April 2022

Ten rural communities across the Highland region are set to benefit from a new mobile Post Office.


People in Caithness have one week left to register to vote in upcoming council elections

11 April 2022
People in Caithness have one week left to register to vote in upcoming council elections

People in Caithness have one week left to register to vote in upcoming council elections

11 April 2022

With only one week to go, time is running out for voters to make sure they can take part in the local elections.


Applications being encouraged for increased £1m SSEN resilient communities fund

30 March 2022
Applications being encouraged for increased £1m SSEN resilient communities fund

Applications being encouraged for increased £1m SSEN resilient communities fund

30 March 2022

Vulnerable communities in Caithness and across Scotland are being urged to apply for new SSEN funding.


Petrol prices in Highland among top ten least affordable relative to earnings

30 March 2022
Petrol prices in Highland among top ten least affordable relative to earnings

Petrol prices in Highland among top ten least affordable relative to earnings

30 March 2022

Highland is among the top ten areas in Scotland with the least affordable fuel relative to earnings


Highland schools encouraged to bring curling to the classroom on back of Team GB success

24 February 2022
Highland schools encouraged to bring curling to the classroom on back of Team GB success

Highland schools encouraged to bring curling to the classroom on back of Team GB success

24 February 2022

Primary schools across the Highlands are being invited to join a nationwide initiative to introduce youngsters to the sport of curling.


Covid LFD test kit pop-up collection points extend to Caithness

11 February 2022
Covid LFD test kit pop-up collection points extend to Caithness

Covid LFD test kit pop-up collection points extend to Caithness

11 February 2022

Packs of LFD tests will be distributed from several Highland locations from Monday until to Friday next week.


Caithness and Sutherland SANDS group aims to offer support to bereaved parents affected by stillbirth and neonatal death

06 February 2022
Caithness and Sutherland SANDS group aims to offer support to bereaved parents affected by stillbirth and neonatal death

Caithness and Sutherland SANDS group aims to offer support to bereaved parents affected by stillbirth and neonatal death

06 February 2022

A woman who lost her premature baby is sharing her story in a bid to set up a support group for bereaved parents across Caithness and Sutherland.


Appeal to reunite 'stowaway' pet with owners after turning up in Caithness village

26 January 2022
Appeal to reunite 'stowaway' pet with owners after turning up in Caithness village

Appeal to reunite 'stowaway' pet with owners after turning up in Caithness village

26 January 2022

A cat believed to be a 'stowaway' on a delivery to a village in Caithness is the centre of an online appeal to reunite it with its owners.


Project to tackle climate change to present report to Highland Council members

26 January 2022
Project to tackle climate change to present report to Highland Council members

Project to tackle climate change to present report to Highland Council members

26 January 2022

The Highland Adapts project will present its latest report to Highland Council members this week.


Timber transport projects in rural areas can apply for Scottish Forestry fund

24 January 2022
Timber transport projects in rural areas can apply for Scottish Forestry fund

Timber transport projects in rural areas can apply for Scottish Forestry fund

24 January 2022

Projects to reduce the effects of timber transport in rural communities could land a cash boost via a Scottish Forestry fund.


'Opera Highlights' tour to feature world premiere of new piece by Highland composer

19 January 2022
'Opera Highlights' tour to feature world premiere of new piece by Highland composer

'Opera Highlights' tour to feature world premiere of new piece by Highland composer

19 January 2022

An 'up-and-coming' composer from the Highlands will be featured in the production of a new vaudeville-inspired opera tour.


New workers in social care to have costs funded

14 January 2022
New workers in social care to have costs funded

New workers in social care to have costs funded

14 January 2022

Staff joining the social care workforce will have their entry costs paid by the Scottish Government until the end of March.


Caithness MSP Maree Todd urges pregnant women to get vaccinated

13 January 2022
Caithness MSP Maree Todd urges pregnant women to get vaccinated

Caithness MSP Maree Todd urges pregnant women to get vaccinated

13 January 2022

Public health minister Maree Todd has repeated a call to encourage all expectant mothers to get vaccinated.


£12.5m fund for projects tackling climate change and biodiversity loss

12 January 2022
£12.5m fund for projects tackling climate change and biodiversity loss

£12.5m fund for projects tackling climate change and biodiversity loss

12 January 2022

Projects designed to help the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss are set to benefit from further funding this year.


Tourism sector to access £9m recovery package

12 January 2022
Tourism sector to access £9m recovery package

Tourism sector to access £9m recovery package

12 January 2022

Scotland's tourism sector will soon have access to a £9m recovery package designed to ease the impact of public health measures to tackle Omicron.


Rural businesses to benefit from £30m funding round

11 January 2022
Rural businesses to benefit from £30m funding round

Rural businesses to benefit from £30m funding round

11 January 2022

Rural businesses in the Highlands could benefit from a share of a £30 million funding package aimed at tackling climate change.


Mental health support and advice for Highland people

11 January 2022
Mental health support and advice for Highland people

Mental health support and advice for Highland people

11 January 2022

People in the Highlands are being encouraged to seek mental health support from a range of free, confidential sources of help and advice


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