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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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‘Tigger’ on the loose in Alness for mascot meet-and-greet today

18 April 2024
‘Tigger’ on the loose in Alness for mascot meet-and-greet today

‘Tigger’ on the loose in Alness for mascot meet-and-greet today

18 April 2024

An Indian restaurant in Easter Ross has a new mascot in the form of Luther the dog — who now identifies as Tigger!


UPDATE: Police confirm missing Inverness man (27) has been traced

02 April 2024
UPDATE: Police confirm missing Inverness man (27) has been traced

UPDATE: Police confirm missing Inverness man (27) has been traced

02 April 2024

William Ogilvy, who was missing from Inverness, has been traced.


Woman taken to hospital and man reported to procurator fiscal after two-vehicle crash on A82 near Invermoriston

02 April 2024
Woman taken to hospital and man reported to procurator fiscal after two-vehicle crash on A82 near Invermoriston

Woman taken to hospital and man reported to procurator fiscal after two-vehicle crash on A82 near Invermoriston

02 April 2024

The incident took place yesterday afternoon.


UPDATE: A82 reopened after being closed both ways between Invermoriston and Fort Augustus

01 April 2024
UPDATE: A82 reopened after being closed both ways between Invermoriston and Fort Augustus

UPDATE: A82 reopened after being closed both ways between Invermoriston and Fort Augustus

01 April 2024

Traffic Scotland has confirmed the road has reopened.


Inverness breast cancer survivor's charity hike fund receives quiz night boost

29 March 2024
Inverness breast cancer survivor's charity hike fund receives quiz night boost

Inverness breast cancer survivor's charity hike fund receives quiz night boost

29 March 2024

Breast cancer survivor Gemma McMullan has raised over £5500 ahead of her charity hike across the Himalayan mountains later this year.


‘Battling’ North of Scotland schools squad set sights on national glory

28 March 2024
‘Battling’ North of Scotland schools squad set sights on national glory

‘Battling’ North of Scotland schools squad set sights on national glory

28 March 2024

A north schools’ under-15 select have reached the final of the Scottish Schools Cup.


MORE PICTURES: Positive energy at Kingsmills for SNAP Stars in their Eyes

25 March 2024
MORE PICTURES: Positive energy at Kingsmills for SNAP Stars in their Eyes

MORE PICTURES: Positive energy at Kingsmills for SNAP Stars in their Eyes

25 March 2024

Were you in the crowd at Saturday’s SNAP Stars in their Eyes?


PICTURES: Wedding ideas aplenty for soon-to-be wed couples at the Highland Wedding Fair

25 March 2024
PICTURES: Wedding ideas aplenty for soon-to-be wed couples at the Highland Wedding Fair

PICTURES: Wedding ideas aplenty for soon-to-be wed couples at the Highland Wedding Fair

25 March 2024

Love was in the air at Eden Court for the Inverness Courier Highland Wedding Fair on Sunday.


PICTURES: ‘Stars’ take to the stage for SNAP talent show in Inverness

25 March 2024
PICTURES: ‘Stars’ take to the stage for SNAP talent show in Inverness

PICTURES: ‘Stars’ take to the stage for SNAP talent show in Inverness

25 March 2024

Nine Highland hopefuls took to the stage for the Stars in their Eyes fundraiser in aid of SNAP on Saturday night.


‘Technical issue’ to blame for cancellation of Loganair flights to and from Inverness

25 March 2024
‘Technical issue’ to blame for cancellation of Loganair flights to and from Inverness

‘Technical issue’ to blame for cancellation of Loganair flights to and from Inverness

25 March 2024

Loganair flights to and from Inverness have been cancelled this evening, with delays also planned for flights tomorrow morning.


Ness Bridge to be illuminated for Purple Day to support epilepsy awareness

25 March 2024
Ness Bridge to be illuminated for Purple Day to support epilepsy awareness

Ness Bridge to be illuminated for Purple Day to support epilepsy awareness

25 March 2024

The Inverness bridge will join over 40 buildings and landmarks.


Bridal inspiration as wedding belles take to the catwalk at Highland Wedding Fair in Inverness

24 March 2024
Bridal inspiration as wedding belles take to the catwalk at Highland Wedding Fair in Inverness

Bridal inspiration as wedding belles take to the catwalk at Highland Wedding Fair in Inverness

24 March 2024

Guests were treated to a spectacular fashion show from 2pm.


Winner's praise for 'exceptional souls' at SNAP Stars in their Eyes talent show in Inverness

24 March 2024
Winner's praise for 'exceptional souls' at SNAP Stars in their Eyes talent show in Inverness

Winner's praise for 'exceptional souls' at SNAP Stars in their Eyes talent show in Inverness

24 March 2024

A total of over £30,000 was raised for the charity.


Met Office warns of fresh disruption to travel with yellow alert for snow and rain

24 March 2024
Met Office warns of fresh disruption to travel with yellow alert for snow and rain

Met Office warns of fresh disruption to travel with yellow alert for snow and rain

24 March 2024

The yellow weather warning comes into effect on Tuesday.


Highland Heroes win for 'Green Hero' striving to make Inverness streets safer for cyclists

17 March 2024
Highland Heroes win for 'Green Hero' striving to make Inverness streets safer for cyclists

Highland Heroes win for 'Green Hero' striving to make Inverness streets safer for cyclists

17 March 2024

Emily Williams said winning the award was a 'lovely surprise'.


Highland Council communities chair welcomes positive report on Inverness crematorium

16 March 2024
Highland Council communities chair welcomes positive report on Inverness crematorium

Highland Council communities chair welcomes positive report on Inverness crematorium

16 March 2024

Inverness Crematorium conducted 1387 cremations while servicing the Highlands in 2023.


Mikeysline CEO reflects on first month on the road for mobile Hive

16 March 2024
Mikeysline CEO reflects on first month on the road for mobile Hive

Mikeysline CEO reflects on first month on the road for mobile Hive

16 March 2024

Mikeysline’s Hive on the Road has been described as 'a significant achievement'.


Telford Street to be temporarily closed this week to allow for resurfacing works

16 March 2024
Telford Street to be temporarily closed this week to allow for resurfacing works

Telford Street to be temporarily closed this week to allow for resurfacing works

16 March 2024

Telford Street in Inverness will be closed during the evening and early hours of the morning for three nights


£80k windfall from energy fund for Loch Ness community groups

16 March 2024
£80k windfall from energy fund for Loch Ness community groups

£80k windfall from energy fund for Loch Ness community groups

16 March 2024

A new fund of over £80,000 has been shared between community projects in the Loch Ness area.


Highland Council advise of temporary closure at Waterloo Place to enable resurfacing works

15 March 2024
Highland Council advise of temporary closure at Waterloo Place to enable resurfacing works

Highland Council advise of temporary closure at Waterloo Place to enable resurfacing works

15 March 2024

The stretch of road will be closed from Monday next week for three days.


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