Rutland is an idyllic rural destination offering a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Whilst being a relatively hidden gem, Rutland is situated in the heart of the East Midlands and is convenient to reach from all directions, making it the ideal location for short breaks in the UK.
Quietly nestling in the rural English countryside, England’s smallest county has much to share with you - stunning wildlife and sporting activities at Rutland Water, an array of unspoilt villages plus two attractive, ancient market towns packed with charm, local produce and boutiques.
Rich in history and full of character, come and discover the delights of our special county. You’ll receive a warm welcome and be enchanted by a decidedly English way of life. Rutland offers a taste of traditional England, undiscovered by many and treasured by a lucky few.
The origin of the name Rutland is controversial and hotly debated. Some say it’s named after a local landowner called Rota who owned a large estate in the area. Others say that the name stems from the rich red colour of the soil which is found here, and that, over time the name became Rutland. Unfortunately, it looks set to remain a mystery, as there is no conclusive evidence to prove one story or the other.
From 1974 until 1997, Rutland became part of Leicestershire. However it is now a proudly independent county once more and, in 2017, will celebrate two decades of independence. Rutland remains one of the most charming and attractive rural counties in England, discover why on your next visit.
If you have an interest in the landscape of Rutland's countryside and want more information on the flora and fauna you can find in the areas around the county, take a look at the documents below which provide you with interesting detail about what is here...
Vale of Catmose (North-West)
Clay Woodlands (North-East)
Cottesmore Plateau (North-Central)
Eyebrook Valley (South-West)
Ketton Plateau (South-East)
Leighfield Forest (West)
Ridges and Valleys (Western, Central and Southern)
Rutland Water (Central)
Welland Valley (South-East)