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historic county, central Scotland. In the west it borders Loch Lomond and incorporates a section of the Highlands. It extends east into the Midland Valley (Central Lowlands) between the Rivers Forth and Kelvin. At the centre of Stirlingshire the volcanic Campsie Fells and Kilsyth and Gargunnock hills form an elevated mass amid the Lowlands. In the east the county fronts the shore of the River Forth estuary. The northern portion of Stirlingshire lies within the Stirling council area. Along the River Kelvin in the southwest the Lennox area is part of East Dunbartonshire, and the area around Kilsyth lies in North Lanarkshire. Southeastern Stirlingshire constitutes the Falkirk council area.