Welcome to White Rose Tours.
2021 see us enter our 25th year of motorcycle Touring Holidays.
White Rose Tours was established in 1996, by myself, David Galloway from our base just outside Harrogate, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. The original idea of the company was to provide Guided tours just of the Dales. Having spent most of my life away from Yorkshire, I was amazed at how little I knew about the area, and even more so by the uniqueness of its natural beauty and felt there was a demand to share this new experience with others. So White Rose Tours was born, named after the emblem of Yorkshire.
After the first year, it soon became clear that there was a demand to cover other areas in the North of England. Here geography was on my side, as our central base was ideal for touring not just the North York Moors, but also the English Lake District. Having spent my college years in the Lakes, this was an area I knew well and so it naturally fitted-in with my plans. Since the early days, the areas covered by our tours have gradually expanded until we now cover all the major motorcycling areas' including Wales, Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors,Yorkshire Wolds, English Lake District, Northern Pennines, Hadrian's Wall Country, Dumfries & Galloway, Scottish Borders, Scotland, Northern and Southern Ireland. Our destinations vary yearly, and we offer a combination of weekend, short break and full week tours.
We were one of the first companies to offer a range of tours, both Guided and Escorted, and is something we still do today. Guided tours are mainly in the UK. These are led by an experienced guide and, using a simple 'drop off' marker system, allow you to ride at your own pace, without needing maps or notes. This is a great introduction to motorcycle touring holidays.
Our European tours are mainly escorted, which means that whilst there will be a guide, you are responsible for your own navigation. A Tour Pack of information is supplied, which includes the relevant maps, route directions and Garmin waypoints for you to find your destination. This system suits many people, as it allows them to ride at their own pace and style, either alone, or in small groups. However, if you are new to European touring, or just prefer it, we do not abandon you, and you are welcome to ride with the guide whenever you want.
In 2004, following numerous requests from customers, we decided to take our tours abroad. We had no ambitions to compete against the larger motorcycle tour companies, preferring instead to take our own style of touring into Europe. It would appear that this policy has paid off, and as we enter our next continental tour season, we once again enjoy the support and confidence of our customers, who help make our tours so successful.
in 2012, husband and wife team Roy and Alison Adams joined us as guides for some of our UK tours, they have received excellent reviews from our customers, love running the tours , and are now a regular part of our team.
2014 saw us enter a new era by offering a tour to the USA. Having spent some time out there, I felt sure that our customers would love the incredible scenery and attractions that the deserts of Arizona and the Canyons of Utah present. Following a trial run in 2013, such was the positive feedback, that we decided to make this a yearly event.
With customers from the whole length of the UK and Ireland, we understand that many of our northern clients dislike the ride down to the channel ferry ports – likewise it does not make sense for our many clients from the south to ride north to join a tour at Hull. Therefore, where possible, we have arranged the first and last night’s hotel to be within similar riding distance of both Calais & Zeebrugge. Whichever route you take, we will all meet-up in time for a drink and get-to-know-you session with your fellow riders and Guides, before sitting down to an evening meal. Departures will be priced individually, and as usual, anyone wishing to make their own arrangements should contact us and we will adjust the costs accordingly.
For your increased comfort, we continue whenever possible, to provide more spacious 4 berth cabins (for 2) on all P&O Hull-Zeebrugge/Rotterdam and Brittany Uk-Spain crossings. All clients using the Southern crossing have the convenience of crossing the channel using the Eurotunnel service.
Although more and more of our customers are using satellite navigators, we still recommend the use of a good map. With this in mind we have arranged with our friends at 'Mapmans' to put together a pack of suggested maps for each individual tour. We are pleased to say that these, along with any other maps you may want to purchase, will be available to White Rose Tour customers with a 15% discount.
Many things have changed since we first started, and perhaps no more so than the use of the internet. Although in its infancy when we started, (and definitely no Facebook) it now seems impossible that we could do without it, and today is our prime means of contact with our customers. We therefore no longer produce a brochure for mailing, instead allowing you to download the information directly from the website. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
2020 and Brexit is still rumblin on, making yet another year of uncertainity as we wonder what the pound will do against the Euro. The exchange rate is perhaps the bigget factor in our costs and unfortunately a poor exchange rate drives these up and consequently the final tour price. However, we are determined to keep our prices as competitive as possible and maintain the high standards that our customers have come to expect. When comparing our tours with others, remember our tours always include Eurotunnel and ferry crossings where necessary. We could also reduce costs by just offering a Bed & Breakfast package, but our customers tell us that, whenever possible, they prefer us to include a 3 course evening meal, leaving them only to budget for lunches, petrol and drinks. We constantly monitor the accommodation we use, and receive many complimentary comments from our customers. Unless indicated otherwise, all the hotels we use are of 3 star standard or better, and have been chosen for their position, being bike friendly and receiving top reviews.
Over the years we have stayed loyal to our original concept, mainly that our tours are just that, “tours”. We do not travel at high speeds and although now exploring further afield, whenever possible, keep daily mileages to a minimum, believing tours should be considered as holidays, not marathons. Whilst there is ample opportunity for riders to exploit their machines’ capabilities, we want everyone to arrive at their destination having enjoyed the scenery and then being ready to relax and appreciate the local food and drink. We do ride all day, but have a leisurely break at lunchtime and enjoy stops for a “brew” and photo opportunities. From the comments we receive, it would seem that we have the balance about right, with over 80% of our customers returning, some several times a year.
2021 Well 2020 turned out to be a non-event as Covid 19 meant that we were unable to complete a single tour. Consequently, like many other tour companies we have moved our tour scheduule on to 2021. For operational reasons we had to make a couple of changes, but hopefully everyone will find a tour to suit.
Whether the virus will allow us to tour we do not know, however we will take a wait and see attitude only cancelling a tour if absolutely necessary. In the event of having to cancel deposits will be returned in full.
Meanwhile stay safe, enjoy our website and we hope to see you soon.