Stopping off at a local inn and grabbing yourself a pint after a long day of driving along the NC500 is a must.

The route is known for its cosy pubs and bars with many of these being found in towns like Inverness and Dornoch.

With so many pubs to choose from, here are some of the best on the NC500.

*Drivers should not continue driving after consuming any alcohol - it is also advised that drivers avoid drinking the night before driving*

NC500's best pubs and bars according to Google Reviews

Here are the best pubs and bars on the NC500 route to try this summer.

Johnny Foxes

Location: 26 Bank St, Inverness IV1 1QU

Rating: 4.3 out of 2690 reviews

One of the reviews said: "The place has a great style and is very comfortable. The Cider was delicious. They have many options of drinks and food."

Find out more about the pub on its website.

The Cottage Bar & Restaurant

Location: Hood St, Maryburgh, Dingwall IV7 8EB

Rating: 4.7 out of 185 reviews

One reviewer said: "Great restaurant/pub that serves comfort food at its best. We had the roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, as well as the chicken breast with black pudding and a creamy peppered sauce. Service was courteous and prompt. Highly recommended."

Find out more about the pub on its website.

The Inver Inn

Location: Shop St, Inver, Tain IV20 1SE

Rating: 4.8 out of 194 reviews

One reviewer said: "A real hidden gem of a place. Doesn't perhaps look much from the outside, but the reception from the hosts and the quality and value of the food is first class."

Find out more about the pub on its website.

Coach House Bar & Restaurant

Location: Castle St, Dornoch IV25 3SD

Rating: 4.1 out of 535 reviews

One reviewer said: "Steak pie dinner was amazing only thing better was the staff and service."

Find out more about the pub on its website.

The Old Smiddy Inn

Location: Stewart Cres, Thrumster, Wick KW1 5TS

Rating: 4.7 out of 172 reviews

One reviewer said: "Wonderful little country inn with fine beer and excellent scotch whisky."

The Clachan

Location: 13 Francis St, Dornie, Kyle IV40 8DT

Rating: 4.6 out of 522 reviews

One reviewer said: "Excellent food, friendly staff, quick and efficient service and good prices" while another added: "A good selection of beers and small selection of wines."

The Struy Inn

Location: A831 near Erchless Castle

Rating: 4.9 out of 62 reviews

One reviewer said: "Excellent meal. Cosy restaurant, husband and wife team serving locally sourced produce."

Find out more about the pub on its website.

The Malt Room

Find out more about the pub on its website.

Location: 34 Church St, Inverness IV1 1EH

Rating: 4.8 out of 572 reviews

One reviewer said: "Fab place, great staff, luvly ambience, highly recommend."