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    Langbank is a village on the south bank of the River Clyde in Renfrewshire and is 9 miles from Paisley.

    The name of the village means 'long bank', relating to the village's place on the shore of the River Clyde. The remains of timber ponds, which the shipyards along the lower Clyde used to store timber, can still be seen. One of the main attractions close to Langbank is Finlaystone House which is the seat of Clan MacMillan. The estate is now a popular country park with a garden centre and play areas, and its gardens are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland. Another nearby attraction is Formakin House, a curious mansion that was never completed. Formakin is also known as 'Monkey House' due to the stone monkeys adorning the roofs of its gatehouse. Gleddoch House, the former residence of Port Glasgow shipbuilder Sir William Lithgow, is now a golf hotel and spa. The Roman Catholic seminary St Vincent's College was situated in the village from 1961 to 1978 and its chapel, a B-listed building, was restored by Historic Scotland in 2003.

    The town has a small selection of eateries and shops. Langbank has a rail station on the Inverclyde line which runs between Glasgow and Gourock while bus services provide links to the surrounding area. The village lies on the A8, a few yards from the start of the M8 motorway making it easily accessible by road.

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