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Kincardine is a maritime county in northeast Scotland, bounded on the east by the North Sea, south and west by Angus, and on the north by Aberdeenshire. It has an area of 388 square miles.

The western half of the shire is occupied by the Grampian Hills, a high range culminating in the peak of Mount Battock (2555 feet), which rises at the corner of three shires: Angus, Aberdeen, and Kincardine. The coastline of Kincardine is very rugged with few breaks in 250-foot cliffs, but the northwestern section belongs to the beautiful valley of the Dee and the southwest is a fertile area comprised of 50,000 acres knwon as the "How of Mearns."

Rivers include the Dee, Esk, Feugh, Dye, Carron, Cowie, and Bervie. Stonehaven is the county town and chief port. Other towns include Inverbervie, Banchory, Laurencekirk, Gourdon, and Johnshaven.