The plan to build a massive model of the Olympic rings on the side of Edinburgh Castle has been rejected.
The Olympic organising committee wanted to place the symbol on the castle for four months next year, to promote the London 2010 games.
However, Historic Scotland, which runs the castle, rejected the idea saying it “would not be suitable for the successful operation” of the castle.
The plans had been met with a largely negative reaction.
A spokesman for Historic Scotland said: “It may well be that there are other more suitable sites in Edinburgh. We fully support the Olympic Games and we look forward to hosting the Speed of Light event on Arthur's Seat to combine visual art with sporting endeavour.”