Since then, various ideas, movements and what-not have been undertaken in order to determine the future use of the school. The two options in the running recently were as a base for historical displays, and as affordable housing. The situation is somewhat fluid.
I propose a third option: a Krispy Kreme doughnut factory and shop.
As the loyal fanbase know, these are not just any old doughnuts. These are Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and people (especially in the US) will travel great distances to get said product. They really do taste exceptionally special.
The end product wouldn't just be for Berneray residents ("local doughnuts for local people") but would attract people from much further afield. Krispy Kreme shops are not always in cities, being increasingly found in more remote locations.
These pictures were taken on a recent trip to Birmingham, where they have a Krispy Kreme doughnut factory and shop in the food hall of Selfridges.
Such a development would:
- provide local employment
- attract more visitors to Berneray and the Outer Hebrides (which helps e.g. local accommodation providers)
- be a new line of local produce
- create a positive media buzz about the place
- would put the school building to good use
- be a local and tourist attraction in its own right
So there you have it. A working use for the building, which is a combined tourist attraction, source of employment and source of local produce for purchase. Perfect.