A RETIRED bed-and-breakfast proprietor from north Sutherland has been made an MBE in recognition of her contribution to tourism.
Joan Campbell, who ran a popular guest house at her Melvich home, The Sheiling, was the winner of Scotland’s top tourism award in October 2007. The first woman as well as the first bed-and-breakfast owner to win VisitScotland’s Silver Thistle prize, Joan was hailed by the judges as an “unsung hero”.
She ran a B&B business for 40 years, was a member of the North Highland Initiative and sat on a number of Scotland’s leading tourism committees, as well as finding time to write a monthly column in The Northern Times.
Joan was recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours for her recent work with North Highland College UHI. She has helped develop a degree in tourism and hospitality.
When she retired she hoped to concentrate on her writing – she has written Heads on Pillows, an account of her time as a bed-and-breakfast proprietor, while her novel, The Land Beyond the Green Fields, was published in 2007.