Hello Captain Mainwaring
I walked it clockwise and my mates rode it the same way. I reckon anti clockwise may be the preferred option as it looks like there would be more rideable trail on the way up. Either way, prepare for hikey bikey.
When we are doing it, I will give you a shout to see if you fancy joining us.
I’ve got several high mountain routes planned for the Spring – Braeriach from Carn Ban Mor has been on the cards for a while. 4 munros on one ride would be pretty satisfying and I have it on good authority that the descent off Braeriach I have planned is a peach. No doubt plenty of hikey bikey but that’s not necessarily a bad thing if it means you are in the mountains. Also want to explore Bynack More area. Never ridden there but there seems to be some really promising options. Also have a big loop planned taking in Jocks Road, Loch Muick and Lochnagar as a day ride. I’m sure Stuartie_c will be interested as will Shearer aka italspark.
As for Ben Lawyers, I know it’s been done on a bike. Given the trail that has been created by walkers, I’m very much of the camp that would argue bike access is no less responsible / reasonable than walker access. It’s never going to appeal to the masses but makes for a real challenge for those like me who like that sort of thing. Going up into the mountains with the bike definitely opens up a whole world of possibilities.
PS Feel free to e mail me off forum at Sannyatsingletrackworld.com to discuss hill routes.
PPS I’ve walked Ben More and Stob Binaean in the recent past and reckon you could have some sport on the bike up there too. A lot of carrying at the start but there is some magic singletrack on the lower summit to the east.
PPPS I just discovered walkhighlands.com and it is a great website for planning hill routes on the bike.