People considering getting on ferries from Dublin to Liverpool
may have been put off a trip by one particular factor - the weather.
While Ireland has a similar temperate climate to the UK, visitors might have been keen to enjoy some outdoor attractions this summer, a prospect that has been diminished by the record rainfall of June and wetter than normal July.
This would make a walking holiday in the Lake District, a stroll around the grounds of stately homes and other historic properties or a day at the seaside little fun as the rain teems down.
And those crossing for the Open Golf at Lytham in Lancashire could have a pretty wet few days.
Of course, some will enjoy indoor attractions like museums, but these can be visited at any time of the year.
However, good news appears to be on the way, as weather forecasters have said things appear about to change.
Normally, Britain's summers are kept reasonably pleasant by the Jet Stream running to the north of the country, but this year has seen it crossing to the south, causing wave after wave of low pressure to cross the British Isles and dump loads of rain.
But this is now expected to move northwards over the coming days into its more normal position, which could finally herald the start of decent weather.
BBC weather presenter Cecilia Daly explained: "Around the middle of next week, pressure will build - the Azores high.
"This would allow our weather to take on more normal summer characteristics."
However, visitors to Scotland may have been enjoying a better time of things.
Parts of the Highlands and Islands have been lying north of the worst of the weather and have been unusually dry.
Scottish Water has said it is encouraging people in places like Stornoway in the Western Isles to save water as supplies dwindle.
Posted by Mark Robinson