Every summer, people all over the country take part in the famous North Coast 500 route which starts and ends in Inverness.

The route travels through much of Scotland's beautiful countryside and contains dozens of scenic villages and sites.

The route has plenty to see and do with restaurants, eateries, pubs and hotels scattered throughout.

Driving long distances can be tiring so knowing where the best rest stops are is a must.

NC500's 5 best restaurants and eateries worth trying this summer based on Google reviews

Here are the North Coast 500's best restaurants to try when out on a road trip this summer:

Captain's Galley Seafood Restaurant

Location: The Harbour, Scrabster KW14 7UJ

Rating: 4.6 out of 123 reviews

One Google reviewer said: "Such a lovely place and the people who run it are fab," while another added: "100% recommend it and if you are on the NC500 make this one of your stops."

Find out more on the restaurant's website.

McBains Restaurant by the river

Location: 10 Bank St, Inverness IV1 1QY

Rating: 4.7 out of 309 reviews

One customer said: "An excellent fish resturant first class food, setting and service."

Find out more on the restaurant's website.

Bo & Muc (The Torridon Inn)

Location: The Torridon Annat By, Achnasheen IV22 2EY

Rating: 4.2 out of 118 reviews

One of the reviews said: "Fab location and great selection of beers especially local craft beers."

Find out more on the restaurant's website.

The Loch Ness Inn

Location: Lewiston, Drumnadrochit IV63 6UW

Rating: 4.5 out of 1.2k reviews

Known for its seafood, one customer said of the restaurant: "Food was absolutely spectacular, rooms and the buildings were updated but still kept the Scottish highland charm."

Find out more on the restaurant's website.

Lochinver Larder (Pies)

Find out more on the restaurant's website.

Location: Main St, Lochinver, Lairg IV27 4JY

Rating: 4.6 out of 1079 reviews

One customer said of the riverside eatery: "Staff were really good, meal was a decent size not to small, pie was SOOO good!"