Aberdeen was the only Scottish city to apply
Aberdeen has withdrawn its bid to become the UK's City of Culture for 2013.
The current financial climate at the local authority is being blamed for the decision.
However, it is hoped funding will be in place in the future to allow the council to register its interest for the 2017 title.
Aberdeen was the only Scottish city to have applied. The winner could host a range of lucrative events.
The contest was launched following the success of Liverpool's role as European capital of culture.
The department for culture, media and sport has received expressions of interest from all over the UK.