Ardgillan Story Trail

Have you taken the Fingal Libraries Ardgillan Story Trail yet? It starts at the entrance to the Walled Garden and continues along the forest trail in the beautiful surroundings of Ardgillan Castle telling the Ravenous Beast story. This is a must see for young readers.

Set in the beautiful location of Ardgillan Castle & Demesne, which boasts spectacular views, forest walks, a children’s playground, manicured gardens as well as an abundance of open space for children to run and play and enjoy being outside, the Story Trail project aims to create a family experience that combines creativity, literacy and exercise in a fun and interactive way.

Niamh Sharkey, author, illustrator and former Children’s Laureate has kindly given Fingal County Council permission to display her book “The Ravenous Beast” along the Storytrail, and has also done a book-reading and draw-along which are recorded in Ardgillan Castle, and is available to view on below.

Pages of Niamh's wonderful book are mounted on custom made posts dotted all along a forest walking trail adding an element of delight to the already glorious surroundings. 

The good news is that because the project is outdoors and self-paced, with people accessing it in their family units, the trail is Covid friendly.

Copies of “The Ravenous Beast” were distributed to junior infant classes in the local area, 1000 copies of the book were donated in this way.

Fingal Book-fairies flew into 6 other Fingal parks on the 12th June to distribute copies of the book

The Ardgillan Story book trail opened Saturday 12th June 2021 from 11 a.m. come along and enjoy a walk through the beautiful woods and let the little ones get swept up in the adventures of the RAVENOUS BEAST along the way.

See full details of Cruinniú na nÓg in Fingal here

Join Niamh as she reads the Ravenous Beast

Join Niamh as she shows you How to Draw the Ravenous Beast

Our Colouring Competition has closed but you can still colour for fun!

Niamh Sharkey author of the Ravenous Beast has given us 6 fabulous illustrations featuring characters from her book for you to colour in - download below,


Colour in the Story Trail

Colour in the Ravenous Beast 

I'm so hungry I could eat....

Make a Yummy Meal for the Ravenous Beast

Where is the Little White Mouse

Draw a Comic