Dunoon (Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Omhain) is a town in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is located directly on the Firth of Clyde, below the Holy Loch. The census of 2011, according to the city had 8454 inhabitants. The place has developed around the Dating back to the 12th century castle Dunoon Castle, the ruins of which lie above the city on the so-called Castle Hill. Dunoon Castle originally belonged to the noble family Lamont, but later came into the direct ownership of the kings of Scotland, the so mortgaged the Dukes of Argyll from the Clan Campbell. The castle, in which Mary Stuart 1563 stayed some time was in 1685 destroyed during the Monmouth Rebellion. A few kilometers south of the city is built with the 1820 Castle Toward another castle. Dunoon has a port, which was expanded in 2005 and the use of modern ro-ro ferries allowed. From Dunoon pier from the line of the Caledonian MacBrayne runs once an hour to Gourock. At the ferry terminal, you can jump right onto the train that takes you directly to Glasgow. Hunter's Quay, one can also go to the Western Ferries to Gourock, but the ferry does not land on the same port. The ferry service of Western Ferries is at peak times up to four times per hour. In general, the ferries run every 20 minutes in the shuttle. During the Second World War through the Holy Loch a submarine flotilla of the Royal Navy was stationed in the Cold War Holy Loch was the site of US nuclear submarines. The withdrawal of the US Navy in 1992 led to a local economic crisis. The city has, however, recovered quickly from this cut, since it is highly benefits from good connections to Glasgow and a popular residence for commuters. On the last weekend of August in Dunoon, the Cowal Highland Gathering takes place, the largest and most visited Highland Games in the world. Born in Dunoon were, among others, Sylvester McCoy and Clark Whyte.